With the recent enactment of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which I supported, our elementary and secondary schools have greater authority and flexibility to implement teacher evaluations and specialized programs that better benefit their students. We must support communities, parents and teachers to ensure our children are receiving the education that will set them on a path to future success.
The quality of our higher education system must also be addressed. In today's job market, it is clear that attaining a post-secondary degree means far greater opportunities for our young people. With an increasing share of the school demographic being either low-income, first generation, or returning students, it is imperative that we work with our institutions and federal programs to better adapt them for the needs of non-traditional students. We must also support greater innovation in and expansion of career and technical education opportunities, which will further help to tackle our region’s skilled workforce demand. As co-chair of the California Public Higher Education Caucus, I will continue to work with my colleagues to advocate for solutions that will improve quality, affordability and accessibility.
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