Public Education is America’s greatest achievement, leveling the playing field for all students and ensuring every child gets a good education, no matter what their socio-economic status may be. Public education creates opportunities for every student to learn and create, innovate and grow. I pledge my vote in Nashville to ensure your current tax dollars are not spent on vouchers or a private virtual school, but instead on Tennessee’s public schools. Just imagine if every student had the textbooks she needed for every class. Imagine if every teacher was paid a competitive salary so he didn’t feel the need to look for better paying positions outside of our region. Just imagine if schools trained our students for whatever careers they dreamed of—whether technical, academic, or professional in nature. Just imagine if the Tennessee State Legislature invested their current budget in public schools, which would in turn attract new industry, competitive jobs, and higher wages. Just imagine the opportunities.