Dear Mr. Ji:
Thank you for writing with your idea to improve education in the United States. I appreciate that you are taking an active role in government, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.
First, please know that I appreciate your suggestion on how the government may improve our education system. I share your belief that providing high-quality education is a national priority. Congress must work with states to ensure that our education system gives every child the opportunity for a successful future. As the competition for jobs becomes increasingly global, it would be a mistake not to provide a strong education system to support our nation’s future.
Federal, state, and local governments are challenged with making sure our education system is supported across the country, and California is no exception. Students like you have shared their first-hand experiences with me. I have also visited classrooms across the State, and I have seen how reduced budgets have led to the firing of teachers, overcrowding of classrooms, and outdated textbooks. This is not acceptable for the children who represent America’s future, and I am committed to finding innovative and cost-effective ways to improve the quality of education provided to students.
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, insufficient funding levels for federal education programs has been a major concern of mine. Low funding to these programs often hurts the low-income students and students with disabilities that depend on them most. Please know I agree that education deserves more support through funding and it is my hope that Congress will be able to work towards properly funding important programs.
Again, thank you for writing. I hope you will keep in touch on issues of importance to you, and I wish you the best for a successful school year! If you should have any further comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. staff at (202) 224-3841.
United States Senator