Supporting Public Education and Respecting our Teachers
A graduate of Valparaiso High School and Indiana University, Jim understands the importance of public education. Jim supports Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, and he will work with her and our educators to restore respect to public education. Jim opposes efforts to funnel money away from public schools, and he will work to reduce testing so that no teacher is forced to “teach to the test.” He supports a proposal to establish a statewide, optional pre-kindergarten program so that our students get an early start on learning. He also believes that state government must consider the unique challenges faced by rural school districts with declining enrollments. These schools are the lifeblood of many communities, and state government must provide adequate funding to them. After high school, Jim recognizes the importance of higher education. He believes that a two-year or four-year degree at a public university should be affordable for every Hoosier. He will work to ensure proper funding of our public universities and will fight against tuition increases.