As a mother of 3 children and the first of my family to graduate from college I have deep appreciation for the importance of access and opportunity regarding higher education. For our youth to grow and evolve into leaders and innovators that will drive both physical and economic prosperity for our elders, themselves, and future generations, education is absolutely essential and must be given top priority.
I support decreased federal regulation of WA colleges with repeal of onerous education regulations. Increasing federal regulation results in higher tuition rates or reallocation of services away from students as universities grapple with increasing federal regulation cost.
I support year-round use of Pell Grant. The 6-year two term restrictions do not allow for motivated students to complete their education in a more expedient and timely manner which delays that student entry into the workforce. This delays economic growth for our country and could potentially limit workforce opportunity for a motivated student, as well as increase associated higher education costs that are not subsidized by Pell Grants as time spend in higher education increases.
I support increasing access and shifting to both community colleges and technical institutes to address growing needs in science, technology, engineering and technical trades. There are a high percentage of traditional 4-year college graduates that remain unemployed, or fail to achieve employment in their selected focus of study while well paying and greatly needed technical and trade positions sit unfilled. Policy should focus on accessibility to these entities and provide students with alternative, lower cost degrees that support economic prosperity upon completion.
I do not support inclusion of curriculum that may conflict with parental or guardian values. I support R-90. I believe discussions regarding overt sexuality are sensitive in nature and need to be tailored to the individual child and congruent with family values. As a healthcare provider, I do agree that older children do need structured information regarding prevention of sexually transmitted diseases out of concern for public health. However, the intricate and finite discussions surrounding the constitution of sexual activity, gender identity, and formation of personal sexual values and choices have not shown statistical improvement in identifying abuse, and have potential to mislead a very impressionable young child against values that his or her family deem critical within the family unit.