Cooperative Elective Programs
As your state representative, I would propose an opportunity for youth all throughout Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence Counties. I would work with school districts throughout the counties to develop coalitions, allowing them to cooperate with one another with elective programs.
Many of our public schools have great programs that others do not have. Some school districts even have one-of-a-kind educators with a skillset that deserves to serve more youth.
I want to encourage our school districts to become cooperative because I believe that is what is best for our youth. And, I believe this will help us achieve our goal of developing youth for the workforce.
By working together, we can make all of our education programs stronger. We can give our youth the best opportunities that they could have, and prepare them for life in the 21st century like never before.
Reduce Standardize Testing
There are many ways to measure success in our public schools. Standardized testing should not be the golden rule.
We need to focus less on standardized testing and more on developing our youth. We should be preparing our youth for the workforce, not basing their worth on test scores.
Standardized testing places a huge burden on our public schools. Since our schools rely on test scores to secure funding, our teachers are forced to teach to these tests instead of encouraging our students to broaden their interests.
We should be encouraging our youth to engage in critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.
If we stop treating our youth like a number on paper and start treating them like people, we can help them develop into functioning members of our communities.
Charter School Funding Allocation Reform
We need to re-evaluate the way that public school funding is distributed to charter schools to make it fairer for all public schools. Every public school needs to have adequate funding to ensure all our youth are receiving a quality education.
Promote All Career Paths - Not Just College
We need to eliminate the stigmas of vocational and technical schools and push our youth to pursue the careers that they want to pursue.
There are many youths in our communities that are talented, intelligent, and passionate. We need to allow them to put their passions towards the career that they want. We should be helping cultivate them to become functional members of our economy and society by introducing the many options that are available to them.
Nationwide, only about 6% of high school students are being enrolled in vocational programs. For those that start college, fewer than 60% attain a degree within 6 years of enrolling, and fewer than 32% graduate from open-admission schools.
Not only do many not finish college, but the ones that do face even greater issues. The underemployment rate for graduates is almost 44% and over 33% of those who do find a job are not employed in a field that they majored in.
Our youth often pursue college because they feel as though they have to - not because it is the right investment for them.
We must build awareness of alternative career paths, vocational programs, training programs, and more.
We Are Stronger Together
With your help, we can make all of these plans a reality.
But I can't do it alone.
A successful campaign is only as strong as the people supporting it. My campaign needs your support.
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Voting on June 2nd and November 3rd
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Exercising your right to vote has never been easier or more important.