To keep up with our competitors, we need to rethink the way we teach our kids. That means strengthening our commitment to a public education system that gives every student an equal opportunity to succeed. That starts with looking at disparities in school funding that create inequality along racial and socioeconomic lines. Every student deserves a shot.
Ryan believes we must also treat our educators like the professionals that they are by incentivizing states to increase teacher pay so we can retain great teachers and encourage college graduates to enter the field. We must also work to improve the experience of educators by ensuring they have opportunities for professional development and advanced training.
Our students need early exposure to computer and STEM education from K-12. We must recognize that our students have different skills and interests and offer unique tracks for students with potential in specialized skills like design, analytics, supply chain, and computer programming. Ryan believes we must do away with the ‘one size fits all’ policy that has caused countless students to lose interest in education and instead give students the ability to customize their education. Every student in America needs access to high speed internet and an internet ready device. Recent studies have shown that the greatest contributor to the achievement gap is a lack of internet and devices in student hands. We can fix that. We can also make sure that we take an evidence based approach to how we teach our children. In Congress, Ryan will work across the aisle on bipartisan legislation to help students struggling with crippling student loan debt. He will also push for legislation that can send students to community college for little or no cost.
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.