As the son of two school teachers, I appreciate enormously those who go to work each day to help our children achieve their dreams through education. While education is primarily the responsibility of our cities and towns, the federal government plays a critical role in awarding grants and transferring funds to foster innovation and excellence. I will advocate for federal funds to be deployed to support educational opportunity and choice, because I believe all parents should have a choice as to where to send their children, not just the well-off. We must close failing schools and hold teachers and administrators accountable for reasonable and thoughtfully measured results. I support programs that recruit teachers as we need to bring more of our talented college graduates into today’s classroom. America’s educational system is its greatest strength — we must not let it falter.