Like every parent, I want our children to have the best possible education. As the mother of three children who attended public schools in Connecticut, I know that our schools and teachers need our full support. Quality public education is critical to ensuring that students across Connecticut can achieve the American dream. Kids shouldn’t just be taught to a test—learning involves so much more.
We need to make sure our students are prepared for 21st century jobs, which is why I’m a strong supporter of STEM education—that’s science, technology, engineering, and math education. That’s why I launched the Connecticut STEM Advisory Board with Connecticut experts and leaders from fields including education, manufacturing, and labor. In August 2016, the Advisory Board published a comprehensive set of recommendations for improving STEM education offerings and strengthening STEM industries in Connecticut.
As a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, I’ve introduced the STEM Jobs Act to support teacher professional development in the STEM fields. Last year, I reached across the aisle to pass the STEM Education Act, which was signed into law. This measure strengthens science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) training for teachers and includes computer science skills in course offerings to help students throughout Connecticut and the nation prepare for and break into 21st-century careers.
Supporting Quality Early Childhood Education
One of the most important investments we can make in our children’s lives is investment in education early in life. I’m a proud cosponsor of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, which builds on President Obama’s initiative for quality preschool education.
I’m also a strong supporter of federal funding for Head Start. When federal investment for Head Start was slashed because of budget sequestration, I fought hard to restore this critical funding.