The state must properly fund K-12 education.
All children are deserving of a proper education. The state must bring all school districts up to an equitable dollar amount immediately.
We have a looming crisis in our state of a teacher shortage. The longstanding attack on professional educators has resulted in low numbers of graduates with teaching certificates, a high number of graduates leaving the state, and a substitute teacher shortage.
There must be a limit on the number of children in a K-12 classroom per teacher.
This should vary by age, with understanding that lower class sizes in the K-2 age is as important as college opportunities at the high school level.
We must teach comprehensive sex education that includes understanding consent.
The current Snyder administration is arguing in court that the state does not need to provide literacy to children. This is disgraceful and an unacceptable approach to public education.
There must be proper checks in place for children who are homeschooled, including annual wellness checks, access to local after school activities and electives (ie: art, music, etc.), and testing requirements.
There must be an end to for-profit charter schools.
There must be more regulations put on charter schools, such as the same requirements for public schools and any who accept public funds.
There must be a public accountability piece for charter schools.
Allowing a vote of the community in which the school is located to keep open or close or allowing a quorum of community members and/or parents of students (or a combination of such) to be elected to its board.
There must be regulations in place that prevent charter schools from closing while the school year is in session.
We need to make public colleges and universities free to any Michigander who wants to further their education. The entire state should be a "promise zone".
We must ensure that we are training future welders as much as future doctors. We need to continue to build and strengthen partnerships between both K-12 and higher education platforms to encourage more participation and job training in the skilled-trade industries. Specifically focused on "jobs of tomorrow" and skilled trades.
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