Investing in Education
Creating America’s Best Public Schools
As a product of our public schools, Chaz recognizes that his success has been the direct result of the quality education he received here in North Carolina. There are many other students who also have the ability to transform the future of our state. As such, it is crucial that we invest in our children’s education, equipping them to meet their potential.
Despite this, our schools are facing unprecedented challenges. Schools are being asked to do more and more with fewer resources. Pay for our teachers continues to be among the lowest in the country. And, short-term decision-making in the General Assembly fails to recognize that many students are in our public schools for a decade or more.
Now is the time to make education a real priority - not just in words, but in action.
We can accomplish this by:
- Paying our teachers what they deserve - Our teachers are underpaid - period. It is unfair that a teacher can move a few minutes away to South Carolina and make significantly more money. Therefore, we must make average salaries for North Carolina’s teachers the highest in the South within five years. Only with such an ambitious goal will we properly acknowledge the invaluable impact teachers have on future generations.
- Providing our students with a real-world education - A versatile, multifaceted education is crucial when competing in a global economy, and we must equip our students for success outside of the classroom. Particularly, we should require financial literacy courses in high school, enabling our young people to make wise decisions with their money. An education that prepares our students for everyday life will empower them as they enter the real world.
- Keeping college affordable - Our state Constitution calls for our colleges to be as affordable as possible. However, some students in our state colleges in the Class of 2016 have seen the cost of tuition skyrocket by almost 20% since their freshman year, saddling them with huge amounts of student loan debt. To ensure that higher education remains widely accessible, increasing the cost of college should be the last resort.