As a child growing up in Paterson my parents had strict limits on where they could send my siblings and me for our public education. I firmly believe that the government has no right to tell parents where their children are allowed to get their education based on their zip code. The parent is the only person who should have the final say as to where their children can receive their education. As your congressman, I will always fight for parents to have the ability to send their children to any school of their choosing regardless of regulations set by the state. While I am a huge supporter of school choice I am also strongly in favor of strengthening our current public school curriculum with programs that implement Job Skills, Financial Literacy programs, Leadership skills along with the existing public education.
With my Freedom of Education Plan, all public high schools across the country will implement mentorship programs that will benefit students, businesses, and our existing public education structure. Due to the setbacks our country is currently facing with the COVID-19 outbreak, we will need a strong and educated workforce to get our country back on track and rebuild our infrastructure.
The Freedom of Education Plan will allow schools to work hand in hand with businesses currently involved in high-demand and high-paying industries such as IT, Engineering, Finance, Construction & Trades, and more. Students currently enrolled in school will learn skills that will benefit them later in life. We can most effectively educate our students when we teach them based on their own learning styles.
During a student’s time in high school, they will be able to spend a minimum of 3 hours a week working alongside established business professionals that have mastered their craft. A tax break will be given to business owners to offset the cost of a business sending one of their professionals to teach full-time once a week.
America has a shortage of workers in several high-paying fields and what better way to fill the void than to train the next generation before they get to college? Why should American jobs be filled by foreign workers when America already has a young, motivated untapped workforce eager to build a better life and live the American dream to its fullest. A program like this will allow students to be certified & job-ready before they get out of high school and give them the opportunity to pay their way through college with jobs that offer a good starting wage if they choose to further their education.
The intelligence of our students should not be judged by numbers and scores. Students should be judged based on their skills, creativity, and their merit. Our future depends on motivated creative minds and I sincerely believe that the Freedom of Education Plan is the best way to transform our schools from learning centers to Career Super-Highways!
The next generation of America requires leaders and well-equipped Americans to bring us into the future. The Freedom of Education Plan is not just an investment into our youth, it is an investment into maintaining the prosperous future of the united states of America.