Lori Trahan believes that high quality, public education is the key to unlocking our nation’s true economic potential, a path towards creating new opportunities, and ensuring that the American Dream is still attainable for all. Lori will help to improve and offer support for improving our public schools and universities for students, teachers, and parents.
Higher-education and student loans shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your dreams:
- Students who pursue college should be able to refinance their loans at their current rates. Students should never have to live in fear of receiving a college education while being fearful of rising interest rates. We shouldn’t be forcing recent college-graduates to be paying back half their income because of rising interest rates.
- Explore solutions through federal-state partnership to aid employers who help pay down an employee’s student loans.
- Expand targeted aid and grants for students who can’t afford the price of college.
- Continuing education options that are local, convenient, and affordable for working people and those who are transitioning to new careers.
- Making higher education accessible and affordable. Too many of our young people are saddled with gross amounts of debt that put them on the wrong economic path in adulthood.
Lori Trahan believes that every child regardless of their background should be guaranteed a free, fair, and appropriate public education. We need to look at educational opportunity for our children by helping to provide schools and teachers with every tool and resource that students in the 21st century need to succeed.
In Congress, Lori will:
- Take advice from teachers in the district on how to innovate the profession. Massachusetts is known for its quality education and that is wholly responsible because of the amazing teachers we’ve employed across the state. K-12 are formable years, and it’s the civic responsibility of lawmakers to hear how to best provide teachers with appropriate resources from teachers themselves.
- Increase teacher pay. It’s simple, our teachers deserve higher salaries. Investing in our teachers and providing more money for professional training will help provide our education system with a stronger foundation and also provide students with more resources and a fairer shot in this competitive economy.
- Invest in wrap-around programs and ensure our most vulnerable schools and students receive an equitable education. Your zip-code shouldn’t define your success. Investing in wrap-around programs will help serve diverse populations across this district so that students of all background have the opportunity to succeed. I support increasing Title I funding for our low-income schools and also support the Health Hunger free Kids Act and Community Eligibility Provision (which subsidize healthy meals for children).
- Fully and adequately fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The average per pupil expenditure has dramatically increased since the advent of the IDEA. In Congress, we need to account for innovation and the different barriers that exist in 2018 to appropriately fund the IDEA. Local districts are struggling to pay for needed services under a student’s IEP. Fully funding the IDEA will help relieve the burden on local communities and also widen the circle of opportunity for students with disabilities.
- Promote early exposure to trade, vocational, and apprenticeship programs. There is no question that vocational education leads to good-paying jobs. Lori will explore how to elevate this option for students. Lori believes that the federal government should partner with state governments collaborate to design more programs that expose students to skills oriented jobs at an early age.
Early Childhood Education:
Lori Trahan believes that one of the greatest investments this country can make is in a strong early childhood education system. Research has shown the immense benefits of early education and it has shown that children that receive are more likely to graduate from high school, own homes, and have higher earning potential for later in life.
Investing in early education is a priority and in Congress, Lori will:
- Support free and accessible full-day Kindergarten. It’s clear, universal full-day kindergarten will not only help our overall economy, but it will also help close the achievement gap. Closing the achievement gap will help level the playing field for all students.
- Promote affordable and accessible early childhood care and universal pre-K services. Congress needs to take action on helping families afford these services. No family should have to break the bank so that their child can receive a high-quality pre-K education.