Reward good teachers, use best practices to help every school succeed, and give parents the power to direct the education of their children, regardless if they home school, go to private school, or attend one of our great public schools. The free market provides us with excellence and choice in almost every part of our lives, and those same free market forces can and will drive innovation and improved results in education. Let’s give our teachers the resources and support they need, while receiving accountability and results in return.
We also need to consolidate school districts statewide. Scottsdale and Fountain Hills have consolidated districts and provide the best educations in the state. With more than 220 individual school districts in the state, consolidation would save massive sums of money that could be directed to teacher pay, classroom supplies, etc.
Finally, I oppose federally managed, top-down programs like Common Core. The diversity and requirements of Arizona’s student body is completely different than the populations of Wyoming, Vermont, or Massachusetts, so why should we be forced into the same system? I support higher standards, but I believe that Arizona can and should devise its own high standards, not surrender to Washington D.C.