• I will fight for canceling all current student loan debt on a one-time basis
  • I will fight for providing free public higher education for all (i.e. 2-yr, 4-yr colleges, universities)
  • I will fight for extending federal student loan and tuition assistance programs to all forms of technical/trade school programs as well 
  • I will fight for extending the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to all students and graduates who work at for-profit companies and entities as well, so that all of our students and graduates aren’t required to pay more than 10% of their annual income on student loans, and beyond 120 monthly payments
  • I will fight for legislation that regulates how much in interest rates our students and graduates can be charged by private lenders so that our students and graduates won’t be taken advantage of by excessively high, unrealistic interest rates
  • I will fight to make student loans dischargeable when filing for bankruptcy
  • I will fight for legislation that prevents our politicians, like our current Congressman Jimmy Gomez, from pocketing money from student loan debt collectors and banks
  • I will fight to eliminate the origination fee on federal student loans as well as the annual caps on federally subsidized loans
  • I will fight for legislation that restricts student loan companies and debt collectors from engaging in predatory practices 
  • I will fight for universal pre-school for all children
  • I will fight to increase funding for free and reduced-price lunches, so that breakfasts are also included - it’s not only hard to learn when you’re hungry, but addressing hunger leads to addressing child poverty, another stain on our national character
  • I will fight for federal compensation for state school funding, allowing equal access to quality education for every child in our district
  • I will fight for a far more expansive array of educational approaches, including social and emotional learning; the development of conflict resolution skills; restorative justice (schools who implement such programs have seen up to a 65% reduction in violence and disorderly conduct); meditation and mindfulness; comparative religion (for the sake of spiritual enlightenment and to help ease religious strife); anti-bullying programs; and the fostering of other life skills to help prepare children for a meaningful life. We need a whole-person educational system that addresses the heart and soul as well as the intellect
  • I will fight to reform out of control testing as we need to reduce the amount of high-stakes testing required and the associated value added model that unfairly associates teacher and school performance with the results of those high-stakes tests
  • I will fight for legislation that provides more teacher training programs and teacher retention, along with investing in teacher education programs that provide best practices and developmentally appropriate models of education for our future teachers. Doing so means giving our teachers adequate preparation, support, leadership, autonomy and compensation (pay) that reflects their professional stature – we need to ensure that teachers face classrooms of a manageable size – and that means hiring more teachers overall. Student/Teacher ratios must shrink
  • I will fight for legislation that requires better management of education infrastructure. For example, buildings and buses are some of the largest budget items for public schools. There is no reason for buses to sit in a lot in between running kids to and from school, given society’s need for public transportation. Multi-purpose use for buses would improve communities and drive down school costs. The same can be said for school facilities – there are other community services that can be provided in those locations, safely and effectively
  • I will fight for legislation that supports further education and opportunities for our students who want to work in the trades or technical areas, and not the traditional liberal arts college experience as being the only option for higher education 
  • I will fight for low-cost education for those in middle and older age who have been dropped from our economy yet still retain, as all people do, the God-given potential to create meaning for themselves and others
  • I will fight to restrict the influence of corporate money on our education system and legislation, including laws regarding gun manufacturers and gun control law and safety
  • I will fight to push funding for and introduce mindfulness and counseling programs in all of our schools, from pre-K through higher education, so that we can also equip our children, students and graduates with the tools for self-sustenance and well-being. This way, they can equally care for their mental and emotional health while also ensuring more safety in our schools 
  • I will fight for legislation that ensures the safety of our children and students in school so they don’t have to worry about going to school each day, with the worry of being harmed for that’s when true learning and the spirit of our children and students can be unleashed at their greatest potential