For almost 20 years I’ve supported my family by running my own small business, which builds websites and advises other businesses on internet marketing. Neither of those fields existed when I graduated from high school. We owe it to our children to make sure that we are preparing them today for the jobs they’ll apply for tomorrow. That begins with a quality education. I want to ensure that our schools are funded and that our teachers are equipped to teach our children, so our kids are ready for the economy of the future.
To that end, we have some work to do. Alabama ranks 47th in the country in education, 45th in college readiness, 46th in reading, and 50th in math. We have to do better than this — for our kids, for their future opportunities, and for the state’s economy.
The cost to our children and Alabama’s economy of allowing us to flounder at the bottom is too high. A well-educated and skilled workforce is necessary to attract investment in our state. As we move forward and work to build a better Alabama, an education system that leads, instead of follows, will be critical.
As a member of the Alabama House of Representatives, I will:
- Vote to fund Pre-K programs that will build our children’s academic skills
- Vote to attract and retain top-notch teachers by improving compensation
- Vote to ensure that our retired teachers are treated fairly with cost-of-living adjustments
- Vote to expand vocational and technical training programs