The current state of the public education system is failing our children. For many years our children have been falling behind in the classroom and we need to take more steps to ensure equitable education is provided to every student. No matter the district or school they attend, every single student deserves a quality education and the opportunity to succeed scholastically. While some school districts have made great strides in these efforts, others are still barely getting the resources they need to address student needs and management concerns. We need to set the bar higher, and empower all districts to rise to the opportunity. This includes making full accreditation, adequate funding, and competitive teacher wages high priorities. Good education is the foundation upon which future success is built, and all students, regardless of socio-economic background deserve this opportunity. I will fight to fully fund our public school system and ensure all Missouri students have the tools they need to succeed.