As a teacher and coach, I know from experience that the best answers for our schools don't come from Washington, D.C., Sacramento, or Wall Street.
That’s why I’m working to give parents, teachers, and communities more power to decide what's best for the children they serve. We are in the midst of carrying out Governor Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula to empower parents, teachers, and local school leaders to make their own decisions about how education dollars are spent.
It’s an exciting time for our schools. Parents, teachers, and community members are starting to work together to ensure students get the skills they'll need to be successful in the real world of careers and college. New career technical education programs are taking shape in many schools. Others are working to restore the arts, civics, and STEM.
How about you? What priorities do you have for improving the schools in your community? To share your ideas and hopes with me, click here.
We’ve got a long way to go, but I’m proud of the great work California is doing to empower and engage parents, teachers, and communities -- and I’m determined to stand against those who would turn power over to politicians or private interests.