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Gordon Ball on Education

 

 


I believe in public education

I grew up in Cocke County, one of the poorest counties in our state. It was my public education that allowed me to become a success in life and gain the opportunity to be where I am today. I want the same opportunity for all our children, whether they live in a poor county, an inner-city housing project or a prosperous suburb. Equal opportunity demands it. That's the American dream. I believe in public education.

We need to return to viewing education as an investment in our future. We need to support early childhood education and give kids a fair shot at success from their earliest days. We need to continue support for school lunch programs. No child needs to worry more about being hungry than about an education. We need to impress upon our state legislatures the importance of incorporating financial literacy into curriculums for grades 6-12. We need to work collaboratively with teachers, not against them, to improve the performance of students, teachers, and schools.

Source: 2014 Tennessee Senate campaign website, GordonBallSenate.com , Aug 7, 2014

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