Education can and should be a pathway out of poverty and the realization of every child’s unique potential. Yet for too many children, this goal is far from their reality. Every child deserves an excellent education at their neighborhood public school. In order to achieve this, I will defend public education from attacks from the Trump administration and for-profit forces. As a former LAUSD middle school teacher, I am adamantly against vouchers and for-profit charter schools that take money out of our public school system and turn education into a for-profit business. I will fight to protect Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that provides resources and opportunities to those who need it the most: low-income students and students with special needs. Instead of framing the education conversation around what we are against, we need to start looking at what we are for. Education policy must have a laser focus on replicating best-practices across all models to serve all students. As a teacher, I have witnessed and know that the common thread in high performing public schools is: 1) local control and school autonomy, and 2) excellent school leaders. In tandem with Common Core curriculum, I support policies that work towards creating these necessary conditions in every public school community.
As an educator, I refuse to look students in the eye, tell them to invest in their education and then saddle them with crippling student loan debt. We must make college more affordable in order to make it accessible. In Congress, I will fight to crack down on abuse in the student loan industry, increase Pell Grants, support making public colleges free for low-income and middle class families, and make refinancing available to students who already bear the burden of crushing student loans.
Sara Hernandez for Congress 506 S. Spring St. #13464 Los Angeles, CA 90013