“EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS” ~SOLOMON ORTIZ.
Education is the cornerstone of democracy. Providing quality education is one of the government’s most important obligations to the people. Kim will push to expand career and technical education opportunities for our district to grow our skilled workforce.
In Congress Kim will work to achieve:
- Universal Pre-K. Research shows children attending preschool often have higher test scores when they reach elementary school
- Increase federal funding for public colleges and universities
- Provide tax credits to employers who help employees pay off education debt.
Better Pay For Our Teachers:
The average starting salary for a teacher in the US is below $40,000. According to the Economic Policy Institute report, teachers are paid 21.4% less than similarly educated and experienced professionals. If we don’t address underfunding and lack of resources for our teachers, our kids will not receive a quality education that is needed to succeed.
When elected Kim will:
- Propose the use of the federal tax code to create a permanent $13,000 refundable federal Teacher’s Tax Credit. The result would increase a take-home pay of $230 per week.
- Increase Title 1 to provide better education for students from low-income families.
- Reform the Teacher Forgiveness Program. The Teacher Forgiveness Program is unattainable and ineffective. Currently, to become eligible, you must not have an outstanding balance on Direct Loans or Federal Family Education Loans. You must be employed full time and complete five consecutive academic years. Kim’s plan will modify the existing program. After one year of teaching, the Department of Education will pay up to $6,000 per year of the teacher’s federal student loans.
Student loan debt in America is over $1.6 trillion and exceeds accumulated car loans and even credit card debt. Kim proposes:
- Increasing the corporate tax rate from 21% to 23% to pay off all student loans
- Tax incentive of $50,000 for those who already paid off their student loans
- Eliminate student loan interest rate.