Education and Workforce
Investing in education is investing in our workforce. When funding upends all and any upward mobility in education, it makes sound economic sense to invest in it. And I was proud to hear that our state leaders passed legislation to fully fund education this year for the first time since 2002.
That was until I discovered the formula used to assess this was last updated in 1980. That, is unacceptable.
Since 2003, our Republican leaders have held the majority in nearly every level of government in our state. Coincidentally, our public schools have been stripped of over $9.2 billion since 2003 as well — forcing them to furlough teachers just to keep the lights on. So to start, it’s time to bring our school system to the 21st Century by updating the formula for which we use to fund them.
Secondly, healthcare & technology are the fastest growing sectors in our workforce, projecting to be just under half of our expected job growth together leading into 2025. How is it that we have one of the best technology institutes in the country and yet we’re experiencing a talent gap, rendering us unable to fulfill our workforce needs? Let’s circle back to our education system funding.
Additionally, in order to fill that work gap, we need to implement more vocational programs in our high schools and community colleges so that our children can learn employable skills.