Our children are our future, and to ensure that future, we have to make sure schools get the resources they need so that every child in Illinois can get a good public education in communities across the state. I will always support funding our schools which is why during the pandemic, I voted to base school funding formulas on pre-pandemic attendance so that our local schools wouldn’t miss out on dollars based on covid-related absences.
I understand how much of a burden student loans can be. This burden is not just on the student, but their families as well. That’s why I support making public college more affordable for all Illinoisans. This starts with creating a concrete, fiscally responsible plan to provide Illinois students the option to attend community colleges and in-state universities at a lower cost.
Pursuing college isn’t the only path to a good paying job, that’s why I also support building apprenticeship schools in partnership with labor unions to help students of all ages learn a skilled trade.