With over $5.3 billion cuts in our public school system in the past six years, a statewide public school teacher deficit, large bureaucracy, a $90 million dollar budget waste on a standardized test that does not prepare our kids to go to college nor allows teachers the flexibility and liberty to teach and teach with passion, our long-term and short term solution(s) will be:
Work with federal, state, and local governments to increase salaries for public school teachers and establish five year loan forgiveness plan to career committed educators.
Work with governmental agencies, legislatures, and labor unions to transition to a decentralized school-site organizational model giving budgetary power and decision-making to administrators, teachers, support staff, teacher, and students, and work on implementing a student-funded formula that works to provide our children and schools better funding.
Work on a transitional model that gives teachers more liberty and flexibility to teach while removing the budgetary waste of statewide standardized testing.
Work with governmental agencies and non-profits to establish free SAT/ACT prep courses in our public schools, push for higher enrollment of Dual-Enrollment and AP classes, and find effective measures to make our children more well-rounded. One of the greatest difficulties facing public education is that our children are not college ready or ready to tackle our constantly changing market. We believe that a healthy mind comes from a proper balance between a strong liberal arts education and STEM. We have produced a generation of students and people who lack independent and critical thought and the fundamental scientific knowledge to grow and obtain the future jobs of tomorrow.
Work with federal and state government to reduce the hyper-inflation of higher education and the $1.2 trillion student loan debt that is crippling young Texans, destroying the institution of family, and crumbling potential job growth, career opportunities, the entrepreneurial spirit of a whole generation.
Work with local and state government to push for the implementation of universal pre-k.
We will fight against the voucher and for-profit charter schools that take money out of our public school system and turn education into a for-profit business.
We will also fight to protect Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that provides resources and opportunities to those who need it the most: low income students and children with special needs.