The educational foundation that we lay for our children should be steeped in the principle that every child, regardless of zip code, should have the tools necessary to succeed. Adhering to this principle can be particularly daunting in some segments of our society where significant outside factors, (i.e. crime, family strife, lack of nutrition) have a major impact on the education of our children. That said, investing in education is the most important investment we can make towards our state’s shared future. I am proud to have been a leader in expanding educational opportunities for our children through K-12 and ensuring that teachers have the necessary tools and training to help our children live up to their promise.