Education must be affordable, equitable, and accessible to everyone.

Education

Every child should receive an adequate and equitable allocation of resources to meet his or her unique needs. Unfortunately in too many districts across the country, a student’s zip-code dictates the quality of education they receive. Addressing inadequacies and inequities in funding is a critical component of efforts to reform and improve education. So that all students, no matter their race, socioeconomic status, or zip-code receive a high-quality education

We need to recognize that education is the most pressing economic issue in America’s future, and we cannot allow our country to fall behind in a global economy. We must prepare the next generation for success in college and the workforce.

I believe that we need to ensure that all children have fair, equal access to a high-quality public education. The future of our economy and the success of our country depend on a renewed commitment to public education. Policymakers need to work in partnership with teachers, parents, academics, administrators and students to build an adequately funded system to educate all our children. Lifelong education, beginning with 3-and 4-year olds and continuing through vocational training, community college, bachelor degrees and beyond, should be affordable and available for all Americans. I believe we should respect our nation’s teachers and provide them with decent wages, benefits and the right to unionize.


 

  • Q: I have a lot of student loans from college, which is making it hard for me to pay all my bills. Is there any way the government can help me through repayment plans or forgiveness? 

    • A: Chris supports reducing student loan debt and making a 4 year degree free for all students who wish to pursue them at state schools. Student loan debt should be reduced by using a complex formula of elimination of some debt, calculating a reasonable cost of college and only charging that amount, no interest, and expansive forgiveness programs for working as a public servant and various other jobs. 

  • Q: I read that my child would be better off starting school before kindergarten to learn more. What can you do? 

    • A: Early learning is crucial in child development, which is why Chris supports expanding pre-K and childcare services to give our kids a better start on life and learning. 

  • Q: We have a shortage of teachers in Kentucky and our current state legislature just made it harder on teachers starting their careers. How will you support teachers? 

    • A: Investing in teachers is crucial to the foundation of our nation. Chris supports raising teacher salaries to start at $50,000 a year, and placing protections on teacher workload that lead to teacher burnout and causing good teachers to leave the profession, like class size, and the number of different classes they teach. 

  • Q: I live in a rural area and our school had to cut its art program because of funding. I’m concerned for my kids education and lack of exposure to creative classes. What do you plan to do about it? 

    • A: Our schools must be a major investment. Chris is a science teacher and sees the values in all subjects. Our schools no matter how urban or rural must be able to offer kids a well rounded education including arts, drama, engineering, etc. Chris supports heavy investment in schools to be intellectual hubs to grow our future.