Parents, teachers, administrators and locally-elected school boards are best equipped to make decisions about educating Oklahoma students—not the federal government. I’m working to shift more decisions and authority away from the federal, “one-size-fits-all” policies and sending it back to the state and local governments.
To support education in our local communities, I’m focused on ensuring our students are educated about our nation's founding principles and civics - to protect our values and democracy in the long run.
I’m also committed to improving our career and technical education systems to support workforce development efforts. I’ve authored language to expand access to career-tech programs for students from all backgrounds and interests, including veterans and high-school graduates interested in aviation.
Lastly, as a state with five military installations, Oklahoma especially values Impact Aid, the program that reimburses school districts for lost tax revenue from federal property or military installations. Impact Aid can be used for a wide variety of educational needs and does not include any overbearing strings or limitations. Many schools in Oklahoma rely on Impact Aid, and I am proud to lead the effort every year to ensure it is fully resourced.