Enhancing the American Education System
Education is the most important ladder to opportunity...
That’s why Janet chose to become a special education and kindergarten teacher, so that she could make a difference in students’ lives as soon as she could. But even by kindergarten, Janet noticed gaps in her students’ knowledge. One of the main reasons Janet is running for office is so that all of Ohio’s children have access to quality education, so that they can thrive in the American workforce and compete in the global economy.
The Importance of Public School
Janet believes in the promise of public education and our shared responsibility to education the next generation. That’s why she insists we have a Secretary of Education who both believes in public education and is knowledgeable about it. She also wants to fix our school funding formula, standardizing funding across the nation, to avoid huge disparities between communities. Janet believes that every student should have equal opportunity to attend good public schools, no matter where they live.
Early Childhood Education
That’s why Janet supports universal preschool and early child education, which is proven to help close achievement gaps between students and help them succeed at all stages of life. Children who have higher quality early education do better in school, are healthier and enter the workforce at a higher level. These are great outcomes for the kids they impact, but early childhood education benefits all of society as well, as these same students earn higher incomes and ultimately pay higher taxes back into the economy, contributing to all of society. In Congress, Janet will fight for funding opportunities to expand preschool and early childhood education for kids all across America.
In the classroom, Janet saw how standardized testing limited students’ time to learn and explore. That’s why she supports giving more autonomy to teachers in the classroom--teachers know the needs of their students better than Washington does. Janet will work to support legislation that removes for-profit testing from its dominant position in our public schools and return decision-making to the local level. Janet trusts teachers and parents to know what is best for their students, rather than telling them there is only one way to solve a math problem. She believes that when you give teachers room to be creative, you also set students free. By working to decrease the emphasis and time spent on testing, Janet will allow students more time to learn and teachers more time to teach. Education should be about creativity, problem solving and, above all, a love of learning. We are teaching children, today, for a world we cannot foresee. If they are taught to love learning, they will be able to keep their feet in an ever changing world.
Higher Education and Student Loans
In the modern economy it’s increasingly important that students gain college degrees to better compete in the workforce and earn well-paying jobs to support their families. However, the current student loan crisis is crippling college students’ futures. In 2016, the average college graduate had more than $30,000 in loans. In Congress, Janet will work to increase federal student aid and to encourage legislation that will cap loans payments based on income. Janet will also be a strong advocate for tighter regulations against large student loan providers, which frequently do not inform students of all their options and do not put them on the best repayment plan. Janet also believes that colleges and universities can play a role in helping to ease this crisis, and will encourage legislation that gives colleges incentives to offer more financial aid.
Janet also understands that a four year college is not the right path for everyone, and that many students are better served learning technical skills at high quality vocational schools and going on to fill important roles in our economy. Janet will support legislation to bolster our nation’s technical and vocational schools. Janet also believes in the importance of quality community colleges, which can provide students with excellent degrees, and will work to provide more support and funding to community colleges across the country.
Sexual Assault and Harassment on College Campuses
Part of equal opportunity to succeed means that every student who is pursuing a degree should feel safe doing so. That’s why Janet will support legislation that empowers survivors and holds offenders accountable. She’d support bills that improve campus prevention and awareness training, give additional resources for survivors, raise training standards for personnel, and standardize disciplinary procedures.