Education & Workforce Committee Policy Positions
America's elementary and secondary education system has evolved over the decades with changing economic pressures, intense globalization and rising expectations for all students. Despite these changes, however, too many of our nation's students are unprepared for college or a career.
Governors recognize the importance of ensuring that children have access to meals of high nutritional value. Yet, far too many of America's children don't have reliable access to the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process.
Job training and higher education are at the center of governors' economic development agenda. Growing small businesses, expanding existing industries and attracting new companies all depend on the qualifications of a state's workforce.
Early childhood education is critical for early workforce development and strong state economies. For governors, early childhood education and child care has been more than just a smart strategy for school readiness. It has been a significant investment of resources and political capital to increase economic growth in states and ensure the prosperity of all Americans.
Governors recognize career and technical education as a powerful tool to fuel state economies and prepare students for rewarding and productive careers. Thoughtful alignment of these programs to state industry and workforce needs provides governors with the talent pipeline to jumpstart existing businesses and make states more attractive sites for private sector investment and innovation.