My parents were educators and I saw first-hand how education and caring teachers can make a difference in our communities. I started my academic career in Head Start. I know how important early-childhood education can be -- and that the federal government should be leading the way to make sure that all children are given the chance to learn, and a safe, healthy environment to grow in.
I also believe the federal government must help our students succeed through higher education. I support the concept of eliminating undergraduate tuition at public colleges and universities for most students, while also ensuring that we are providing opportunities in the trades through vocational schools and job training programs.