I was fortunate to attend excellent public schools and blessed with teachers who fostered a love of learning. When we make smart investments in our schools, we strengthen kids’ chance at success and help them meet their full potential. We must pay teachers salaries that align with the importance of their work and ensure they have the classroom supplies, training and resources they need to prepare students for a rapidly changing economy.

Further, we must step up and address the $1 trillion student debt crisis in this country. Average incomes for everyday American families have stagnated, while the cost of getting a college education has skyrocketed. In Congress, I will advocate for lower student loan interest rates, increased funding for Pell Grants, debt forgiveness and flexible repayment options for graduates, and expanded opportunities for students pursuing career and technical training.

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