Our children are the future of this great nation, and it is important that we ensure the next generation of Americans have the tools needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive global community. For too long, the federal approach to education has been layering mandate after mandate upon states and schools. I support an approach to education that emphasizes local control of our education systems, as parents and local leaders have a better understanding of their children’s needs than does Washington.
Currently, the pandemic has forced many students into remote learning, which has proven to be academically ineffective and harmful to students’ mental health. With many private and charter schools conducting in-person learning, we must continue to work until all students are back in the classroom and are receiving hands-on experience. As your representative in Congress, I will support legislation that encourages in-person learning that addresses the needs of children across Oklahoma.