Every Alabamian deserves access to quality education, regardless of their ZIP code. From pre-K to college to job training, our students need to be well prepared. I am committed to working with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and school board members to find proactive solutions to improve our education systems at every level.
For those who want to attend college, that education should not come with an enormous price tag that leaves students struggling to pay off debt for years. I support finding common-sense solutions to reduce those costs and ease those burdens. I am a proponent of better funding for childcare on college campuses and an open textbook pilot that will create significant student savings.
Our Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as all other minority-serving institutions, are vital to our higher education system in Alabama. Our HBCUs need to be preserved and supported, and I will continue to be a vocal advocate for them in the Senate.
I also understand that college is not for everyone. Career and technical education (CTE) programs are critical to ensure that Alabama and our country remain competitive. I believe in strengthening the CTE programs so that we have a strong workforce pipeline to support our booming industries in Alabama.
If you have any questions about this issue, please contact my Washington, DC office at (202) 224-4124.