Standing Up for Alaska’s Children
As a former teacher, I am committed to ensuring that our Nation’s children have access to the best possible education. Without a solid foundation, our children cannot and will not succeed. No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the current law that governs federal K-12 policy, was well-intentioned but ultimately harmful. NCLB mandates a “one-size-fits-all” approach to student standards and school performance metrics. This has not worked for Alaska because it does not take into account the unique obstacles we face in educating our students or the diverse ways that our children learn. Instead of empowering schools and increasing the achievement of students, NCLB standards have burdened educators and hindered students’ progress.
As Congress progresses with reauthorizing NCLB, I will work to combat its unintended consequences, address the law’s shortcomings and pass meaningful reform legislation. We need increased flexibility for local school districts to best decide how to test and monitor student progress. We also need improvements that promote parental engagement in schools and give parents more say in shaping their kids’ educational experiences.
I am a parent and grandparent and I want to make sure that my family and yours have access to the best educational services possible. Sometimes this means advocating for increased funding for teachers or improved access to support services that ensure our children have a safe and healthy learning environment. I will continue fight on behalf of Alaska’s children so that each has the chance to grow up to be part of this country’s next great generation and most importantly, decent hardworking adults.