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I was educated in public schools in Idaho Falls. I know the important role that a quality primary and secondary education can provide for a lifetime of learning and success. I also know that an education is more than schools and colleges. For many, it includes other learning such as trade schools and professional training that can prepare students for rewarding careers.

In Congress, I have consistently worked to enact laws that achieve increased support for public education and preserve decision-making authority for states, local communities and especially local school boards. It is important that a strong foundation for education begin at the local level and not in Washington. We do not need a “national school board.”

I will continue to be a strong advocate of local and state oversight of our schools. Together, parents, teachers and administrators know Idaho’s students best and should work collaboratively to solve problems and produce results for communities across the state.