Access to higher education and the skilled trades is vital for our community. The 85th District has a median income of $39,000 a year, $8,000 less than the median income of the state of Missouri. Education is a way to bridge this divide. With increased access to higher education, the 85th District can give its residents economic mobility and means to escape the generational poverty much of our community suffers from.
Increasing access to higher education and the skilled trades starts in early childhood and extends through adolescence. Though many kids go through school and work hard, not all of the deserving students in the 85th have access to attend the college or university of their choice; money is often a major barrier to those trying to further their education, and we can achieve accessibility through a number of ways. Our district has a responsibility to fight for our children’s education, and they should be supported by its elected representative.
Bring equity to need-based and merit-based aid.
– Due to economic barriers, many low-income students are not able to excel in high school due to circumstances beyond their control, making them ineligible for a merit-based scholarship. By extending need-based aid to students who need it, we can ensure that no qualified child is denied an education.
Have a standardized system for DACA students’ tuition rate
– Students enrolled in the Obama-era DACA program often come from homes in poverty. By providing them with a clear, standardized system that outlines their tuition rate, DACA students can continue being productive members of society by pursuing higher education.
Work to increase access to early childhood education and advocate for more childcare centers around the district
– Education begins at birth, and study after study has shown that the earlier a child enters school, the better they perform in school. By making early childhood education accessible to more people, regardless of their income, we can raise a new generation of children that will be more financially successful and who will bring more economic prosperity to the 85th district.