ALEX K ON THE ISSUES:

PUBLIC EDUCATION

Education is the key to growing ourselves and our communities. We don’t have to choose between an underfunded public education system and privatizing our schools. It’s time to properly fund our public schools (especially special education), pay our teachers what they’re worth, and stop teaching to the test.

FALSE CHOICE

It’s either underfunded public schools or privatized school vouchers.

NEW WAY

In order to prepare our students for the innovation economy, it’s time we increase our investment in education (both K-12 and learning after high school). Ensuring that all our children receive an inclusive education, no matter where they come from or what their individual circumstances may be, is critical to helping them develop their unique talents, achieve their personal goals and contribute back to our community. It’s also key to keeping our economy going, and spending less on criminal justice.

And part of that funding must go to teachers – it’s time for them to get paid. If we want to keep the best and well trained teachers, their pay (including benefits) must be competitive — unemployment is at 3.9% in Texas, and in our free market, if we don’t pay them, someone else will. Texas needs to step it up, and I’m willing to go to bat for our kids.

FALSE CHOICE

It’s either standardized tests or no evaluations at all.

NEW WAY

We can’t have investments without measuring our progress. I’m an economist so I believe in numbers. But that doesn’t mean that teachers should be teaching to a standardized test. Teachers know what they need to teach in the classrooms. It’s time we stopped relying on corporate consultants and let teachers, parents and other stakeholders come together to write an exam that they feel will allow us to compare schools and learn what works (and what doesn’t).

Together with systems like CCISD’s Community Accountability Standards, parents can get the most relevant information – when communities engage with school districts and set the standards, students win.

FALSE CHOICE

It’s either going to college (and taking on student loans) or working a low-wage retail job.

NEW WAY

Whether it’s an apprenticeship, technical school, community college, four-year university, military service, starting a small business or going straight into the workforce, we all know we will be learning for the rest of our lives. Many experts believe the average person could have upwards of five different careers in their lifetime. In order to help everyone fulfill their own potential, we need our education system to be as flexible as our economy and make it easier to move from one job to another.

It’s time to start re-regulating tuition at our public universities to ensure that we all have a stake in higher education spending. It’s time to lower the cost for work-study and apprenticeship programs, and restore funding for programs that support small business entrepreneurs. Together, we can expand economic opportunities across Texas.

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