We’ve got a paradox in this country. It’s become more difficult for the average American and the average Kansan to get ahead, and paradoxically easier to do nothing with your life. We must make the American Dream real again for every Kansan.
While public education is primarily a state-based issue, there can be a national voice in encouraging innovation and high achievement for every child. We need to find ways to improve the quality of education available during a child's formative years so that they're prepared later in life to take advantage of every opportunity to achieve the American Dream. At the same time, we must get spending under control so that we will be able to make these investments.
To remain competitive in the global marketplace, we need to keep college education affordable for the middle class. We need to reform the federal student loan system to ensure colleges and universities are more accountable for student outcomes.
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