America's public schools teachers have one of the greatest responsibilities in our nation. That's why Pramila will fight for increased teacher pay and benefits, so we can attract and retain the very best. And she'll work to get rid of unnecessary testing that burden teachers so that they can get back to preparing our children with the skills they need to compete in the 21st-century economy.
Pramila understands the importance of higher education to our economy and believes all hardworking students deserve the opportunity to receive the education they need to succeed. In the State Senate, she introduced the Washington Promise program, which would provide two years of guaranteed tuition at community and technical colleges for all eligible Washington residents.
Right now, we're failing too many of Washington's children. Depending on where you live, nearly 25% of our 9th graders won't graduate from high school, a percentage that is even higher in some disadvantaged or lower property value neighborhoods. I am running to make fully funding education our state's first and top priority. I will reinvent the last two years of high school so that every kid graduates with the skills they need to get a family wage job. I want to give principals and teachers the funding and flexibility they need to meet the diverse needs of 21st century students.
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