I am a strong supporter of public schools. Investment in our children should be our top priority. We should focus our investment in multiple areas including improved facilities, better teacher pay, providing more skills training and job programs. Our children deserve options to prepare themselves for adulthood that include more than just college prep. I started a small business that focuses on providing help to students applying to college. What that experience taught me is that every child is unique and that we must provide options so that they can follow the path to success.
When my father left office in 2001, North Carolina was at the national average in terms of teacher pay. SInce 2000, we have slowly slipped into the bottom fourth. Our children deserve better!
In order to recruit and keep the best teachers - we need to treat them like the professionals they are and pay them accordingly. That’s why I am working to raise teacher pay back up to the national average.
I am also working to boost reading and literacy programs for the youngest North Carolinians.
In addition, we must restore teacher assistant positions so that our teachers can focus on our kids on not paperwork. As your Representative, I am working with our teachers to improve our system for them and our students.