"Our teachers shouldn’t have to take money out of their already-too-small paychecks to pay for materials."
Education is the silver bullet to advancing a society. It raises wages, lowers unemployment, and fosters community and a higher level of social discourse. Ensuring that Champaign County remains a home to top-tier educational facilities will be one of my first priorities on the County Board.
It is a disgrace, in this day and age, that teachers often are forced to take money out of their own, already-too-small paychecks to pay for school supplies. As a member of the County Board, I will fight to ensure that our teachers are well cared for so they can educate their students to the fullest ability without worrying about their own finances.
During the 2-year long budget crisis, Illinois’ higher education suffered. We can’t let this happen again. Champaign County’s universities and colleges attract talent in from not only all across America, but from across the world. The funding they get is an investment, and it’s an investment well-made. As a member of the County Board, I will work to preserve the great educational institutions in our county, making sure to coordinate with the local mayors and state-level legislators to make our schools even greater.
We are living in the modern era and we need an education system for the modern era. Increasingly, our children are being raised with technology and the internet. Our schools prepare students to navigate technology in a way that is healthy, safe, and productive. I will advocate to improve the level of digital education in schools so that our students are prepared for the future.
Looking forward, we should acknowledge the massive job growth in technology sectors and we must harness this opportunity. Schools should be teaching elementary coding, design, and other computer skills to ensure our students are prepared, if they so choose, for a successful career in America’s tech industry.