I grew up in La Crosse and attended Logan public schools just as my sons do now. I believe that for our communities to thrive, our children deserve the best education from their first day of kindergarten through their high school graduation and beyond.
That’s why I fight to make sure our children have access to a high quality education, extra-curricular activities, and well-trained teachers in our local schools and across the country. In Congress, I strive to work across the aisle to help strengthen Head Start programs and increase funding for our schools.
I know it’s tough for students out there. It’s important to our long-term recovery as a nation for every family to be able to afford to send their kids to college. I needed loans and scholarships to pay for college too, which is why I continue to fight for greater access to federal student loans, better interest on those loans, and access to Pell Grants.
Our Success as a Nation Depends on a Quality Education System
- Head Start programs will help the neediest children enter school better prepared and ready to learn.
- Reform No Child Left Behind to provide more flexibility in student assessment, better train teachers and administrators, and make sure kids are prepared for a 21st Century economy.
- Increase our focus on physical education in schools since it is proven that children perform better academically when they are active during the day.
Part of the Innovation Agenda, the America COMPETES Act, H.R. 5116, passed by the House in May 2010, makes investments in science, education and innovation in an effort to spur job growth and economic competitiveness. The Act will strengthen U.S. scientific and economic leadership, support employers, help foster innovation and creativity in our workforce, and create jobs through investments in science, innovation, and education. It is crucial to creating the jobs of the future, improving our quality of life, and ensuring our nation can compete and be a leader in a global economy.
Over 750 organizations have endorsed the legislation including the University of Wisconsin, 3M, Cummins Inc., Rockwell Automation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Business Roundtable, the Council on Competitiveness, the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the National Venture Capital Association.