One of the most important investments we can make for our country’s future is in the education of our citizens. Education is an important key to a better future for each individual and our society as a whole.
Renee Hoagenson believes in quality public education for all children. Renee would vote against taking money from our public schools for private institutions. Our public schools are underfunded at the present time. Our teachers are underpaid. We need to increase allocations to our school systems to ensure our children have the quality education they each deserve. We will hand our country over to these children one day. They will be our civic and our business leaders.
In addition to this investment into our children’s futures, it’s important to our rural communities that funds remain in their public school systems. Moving funds to private schools only hurts rural school districts. These school districts are major employers in many of our rural areas. Depleting the budgets of public schools would cause job loss to teachers and staff and over-burden remaining resources. Moving money from public to private institutions removes an important economic driver in our small towns.
Charter schools take money from rural Missourians and leave them with nothing in return. It is unfair to all rural citizens to send their education funding to private schools in urban areas.
We are living in a challenging world. Industries are changing quickly through advances in technology and shifting markets. Our workforce must continue to adapt through education and job training. We must look to the future, not only to predict industry changes but to seize new and emerging opportunities. Education is not only the key to achieving the dreams of our children, but it gives hope to those in changing and displaced job markets for a new start and career advancement.
We have an untapped resource in our country of underprivileged, intelligent people going without proper higher education. Many of these people are weighed down in low-paying jobs, often more than one, struggling just to put food on the table for their children and families. In Congress, Renee would push for low or no cost education and job training for all Americans. She would fight to get the funding needed for our public universities and community colleges to hold more classes outside the typical workday. It is imperative to invest in our future, and that begins with a good education.