All children deserve a great education, regardless of where they live or how much money their parents have. Indiana should fund schools equitably and ensure that every school has the staff, supplies, and training it needs so that every student, including those with special needs, can thrive.

Average teacher pay in Indiana dropped 15 percent from 2000 to 2017, the largest drop in the nation. Indiana cannot hope to educate the next generation while teachers struggle just to make ends meet.

Teachers should have the flexibility to do what’s best for their students, rather than teaching to the test, so Mike will fight to end high-stakes tests like iSTEP. Teachers, not bureaucrats, know best how to reach students.

Politics and ideology should never be above what’s best for students. For this reason, Hoosier taxpayer dollars shouldn’t go to fund private or for-profit schools.