Like our health care system, changes are needed in the American education system. I believe the lack of equal access to a quality education is the civil rights issue of our day and that we must demand success, accountability, and results in every classroom. Some of these key approaches were in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that the Congress passed in 2015, plus additional flexibility for state and local districts. I have taken a lead role in helping historically black colleges educate Arkansans released from prisons, so they can become productive members of our society.

I believe strongly that all our children – those college bound and those that will begin their career directly after high school – need quality direction and curriculum that helps prepare them for their “pursuit of happiness.” That’s why I am so pleased to promote policies that encourage concurrent credit and skilled workforce programs – two strategies that better prepare our young people, increase affordability of education, and build the talent we need for our state’s growing economy.

I meet regularly with our Second District School superintendents, students, and teachers to discuss ways that I can best advocate for them in Washington.