Michigan families should be able to count on our public schools to provide quality education for ALL students. Our schools are quickly falling behind those of our competitors in Europe, Asia, and much of the United States. Currently, Michigan ranks 46th for fourth grade reading proficiency. Our schools must be held accountable. We need to hold them to higher expectations for better performance, delivered with greater transparency. We must be assured existing resources are being spent efficiently and effectively.
We must rebuild our public education system to prepare all children for careers they aspire towards and ultimately a bright future. Students need multiple pathways to success; our system cannot be a one-size-fits-all. We must improve job readiness and employability by shifting away from testing narrow academic standards.
- Enhance teacher preparation: improve and support teacher development
- Support implementation of evidence-based practices
- Invest in an efficient and effective system of public funding
- Reduce skills gap: Restore the balance between academic and vocational programs and opportunities for students to participate in work study programs
- Provide increased opportunities in the areas of STEM, computer science, and computer coding
- Increase access to post-secondary education, place additional emphasis on career and technical education programs
- Hold the right people accountable: require that student assessment data is disaggregated by subgroup and demand results across all subgroups
Jobs and Economy
- Education improves opportunity. We must see education as the pathway to a strong and thriving economy. A changing economy now demands that all residents earn a post-secondary education. The demand for talent is here but we must meet that demand by providing the appropriate training to access the 90,000 well-paying open jobs currently available.
- We have to build career opportunities and improve the quality of life for individuals and families. We can do this with business partnerships that will create apprenticeship opportunities.
- Attract and retain talent: Census figures show that Michigan had an estimated net migration loss for ages 22-34 with a bachelor degree or higher. Young, educated people are looking for vibrant places to work, play, and live.
- Modernize Michigan’s tax system to reward production
- Create a regulatory culture that is more responsive and customer centric
- Reclaim Michigan’s reputation as a center of Innovation
- Infrastructure must be safe, reliable and sustainable
- Eliminate barriers and provide opportunity for employment for the disabled.
I Stand for Michigan Families
We must build strong communities and ensure a quality of life for all Michigan residents. I believe that everyone should have a shot at living a better life, a chance to prosper and thrive, and an opportunity to pursue their dreams.
As your next State Representative, my number one priority is to represent the best interest of the people that I am elected to serve. The purpose of government is to protect people’s inalienable rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. I will defend fundamental rights to life, religion, speech, assembly, self-defense, and the protection of your privacy.
Families work hard and deserve to keep more of what they earn so they can provide for their loved ones. Increasing taxes should always be the last option considered and not the first. We need to look for opportunities to lower taxes. Government must be accountable and transparent.
- Affordable quality healthcare
- Affordable auto insurance
- Affordable energy
- Safe neighborhoods
- Higher quality roads
- Clean, safe, healthy environment
- Protecting our seniors, children, disabled and animals
- Veterans assistance
- Mental health and opioid crisis