As a former public school educator, I know firsthand the need for reformation. I stand for having a maximum class size and a state-written curriculum. I believe teachers perform best when their time is valued and protected. I will advocate for increasing teacher salaries and protecting planning, lunch, and end of work day times. I believe in securing maternity and paternity leave for new parents, both biological and adoptive.
Did you know South Carolina is ranked 22nd in terms of the education fund spending? As a former educator, I am saddened by the number of state-mandated resources, such as workbooks, that are of little value to teachers, and ultimately end up in the trash. Because of this, I stand for the fiscal management of resources.
I believe our high school students need to be better prepared for life, which is why I will advocate for courses such as budgeting, navigating healthcare, and professionalism. I believe junior year students should be encouraged to declare a college or trade path and be supported in taking the next steps to pursue their aspirations.
I aspire for all students to pursue their education to the highest degree desired. I support technical and trade schools and believe they are a valuable option for our youth. State and local institutions are vital to the future of education, and therefore must be made affordable. I stand for a hold to stop rising tuition.