For decades, American education was the envy of the world. We had the best schools at every level. It’s time to return to that standard. Kari Lake is committed to ensuring our schools deliver a truly world-class education with a strong fundamental basis in mathematics, science, and language. One way we can do that, is by cutting back the bureaucratic interference by federal officials in our local schools.
Eliminate Annual Testing Requirements:
No more teaching to the test.Endless testing requirements are straining classrooms and forcing teachers to spend weeks, even months, every year teaching to the test. It’s not working. The tests are routinely gamed and dumbed down by educational bureaucrats, and students are subjected to huge amounts of test prep that isn’t helping them prepare for their futures. Enough. Kari Lake supports ending the annual testing requirements in favor of having students take the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) once every four years. The NAEP is internationally benchmarked, is the gold-standard of educational assessments, and is only administered in the 4th, 8th, and 12th grades.
Quick Launch Vouchers:
Kari’s innovative idea is to provide $5,000 vouchers for every high school graduate in the country who wants to attend either a community college, trade school, or certificate program. Too many kids are graduating college with degrees that cost a fortune, and don’t set them up for long term economic success. At the same time, we have a huge deficit in highly skilled workers with trade and certificate degrees. $5,000 is enough to cover the first year of tuition at most community colleges and trade programs.
Reduce Federal Bureaucracy:
Cut the reporting requirements and return to trusting our states and local school districts to ensure the achievement and success of our kids. Kari Lake will vote to cut federal bureaucracy and give the savings directly to local schools via block grants.