I had the pleasure of meeting with leaders of the Simsbury Education Association yesterday.
I was happy to hear their thoughts and concerns and discuss their legislative priorities.
Those include preservation the ECS (Education Cost Sharing) funding, expanding early childhood education, avoiding privatization, as well as expanding social, health, and family supports for students.
Not to be overlooked is supporting special education initiatives. Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys. Teachers need our help so that they can provide these children with the very best learning environment.
First rate education of all Simsbury students is critical. Meaningful funding of education is key to a well prepared work force and growing jobs.
In a time of shrinking state revenues and in the midst of a national economic crisis that most profoundly affected those with the least education, we must view education as a key strategy for strengthening the economy.
Improving our educational system creates a wave of economic benefits that include boosting individual earnings, home and auto sales, job and economic growth, spending and investment, and tax revenue in the state.
Investing in our schools will benefit all citizens, including bankers, auto dealers, realtors, and storeowners, not simply students or parents with children in school.
As Simsbury’s next State Representative, I will be a strong voice for teachers, parents and students at the State Capitol, ensuring that they have the tools and resources they need to thrive.