- Cradle to Career -
One of the single biggest responsibilities facing lawmakers in the coming years is fixing our system of schooling and life-long education. There are many ideas and proposals, but we know for certain that any approach must be comprehensive, and it can't simply be reactive.
It is our duty to responsibly invest in a vision for cradle to career success for our students, for re-engagement of parents and community, and for the recognition and retention of our best educators.
Mona's Roadmap for Educational Success is built on the following
21st Century Student Success
- Start Early – Stay Engaged
- 21st Century schools & tools
- Interrupt “School to Prison Pipeline”
Balance & Fairness in Funding
- Closing Rural / Urban Resource Gap
- McCleary decision: symbolic of bigger challenges
Recognize & Retain the Best
- Increase Teacher Pay
- Veterans in the Classroom
Learning doesn't always follow a linear path, it doesn’t always begin at kindergarten, and it doesn’t always end with a 4-year college or university degree. Outdated assumptions of educational success negate our ability to effectively prepare learners, workers, and leaders for the future.
Systematic change requires willingness to invest in programs that effectively close opportunity and achievement gaps - from cradle to career.
Gaps in student achievement are often influenced by economic and social circumstances outside the walls of the school.
Failure to plan for the evolving nature of schools and learning is the same as planning to fail the children who are yet to come.
closing the opportunity gaps includes
- Quality early learning programs targeting parent education
- Building on the I-O-T movement to drive the I-O-L (Internet of Learning)
- Social Impact Bonds: private monies to fund proven social interventions
- “EARNED” community college (or equivalent) – not FREE
Teachers manage our most important assets every day. Unfortunately they aren’t paid like the people who manage your 401-K, public pension, or other investments.
The last decade has shown we can lose our nest-eggs, our homes, our jobs - and can get them back. We cannot lose a generation of children to our unwillingness to surround them with resources they need, and hope we'll make it up to them later.
retaining the best educators includes
- Putting a recent military veteran in every school
- Inflation-proof teacher salaries & expand student-loan forgiveness
- Transdisciplinary teaching to engage all learners at one time
- Tying teacher pay levels in school districts to federal poverty levels
Other Priorities include
- Leveraging federal bonding authority to support local school construction
- Supporting the integration of community services in schools like health clinics, adult education services, and childcare
- Instituting student-based funding mechanisms to increase equity and access.