Our kids learn from books with duct-taped spines and defaced pages, from social studies books with a 2002 copyright, all because there hasn’t been funding for new books for years. And, there’s no money for professional development for teachers who routinely dip into their own pockets to provide basic classroom supplies – teachers who haven’t had a substantive raise in a decade. I believe in a Kentucky where we fully fund every aspect of public school education, to make sure every child has a shot at success regardless of zip code or family income.
Studies say that companies considering moving to the Commonwealth value two things above all else, including tax incentives: quality of life and an educated work force. If we are sincere about developing the best and the brightest, we either have to put up or shut up. I promise to support maximum funding for education in every bucket and at every level.