I had the chance to follow my NFL career with a career as a civil rights lawyer because of the public education I got in the Dallas Independent School District. For so many other kids like me, a quality education is the first essential building block to ensuring equal opportunity in our country. Every child has the fundamental right to a quality education—regardless of where they grow up, whether their family is rich or poor, or the color of their skin. Education liberates the mind and opens the door to a better life. But today, we are not doing enough to make sure every child has access to the education they deserve.


That is why in Congress I will not only fight efforts to cut back on public education, I will work to expand investment in kids in education—so that every child in America has a shot at the American Dream.


In Congress, I will work to:

  • Provide Universal Pre-K: Every American child should be able to attend pre-K. Investment in early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make as a country. Research shows that access to early learning is critical for the development of a child over their lifetime. Access to pre-K is also important for families looking for affordable, safe childcare. Today, however, just half of 3- and 4-year-olds in America are enrolled in pre-K. Together, we can make sure every child gets the start they deserve.


  • Support our teachers: We need to recruit, train, and retain the best teachers in the world. The most important factor in a child’s development in class is the quality of their teacher. Teachers are responsible for our most valuable resource, our kids, and we as a nation must do more to support them. That means steering our best and brightest into teaching by offering incentives like scholarships and loan forgiveness, paying them a competitive salary once they are hired, and supporting them throughout their career.


  • Rebuild the decaying infrastructure of our public school system: Our children deserve better than to go to school in buildings that are falling apart around them. We must provide our schools with the resources they need to bring their buildings into the 21st century, provide up-to-date textbooks to all kids, ensure Internet access in every classroom, and harness the new generation of digital technology to bring the world into our classrooms.


  • Close the education achievement gap: To ensure we continue to move forward as a nation we must close the education achievement gap for lower income students, students of color, students with disabilities, and students for whom English is not their first language. Too many of our kids are falling through the cracks in schools that are more segregated now than they were 50 years ago. To address these issues we need to identify these underserved populations and direct resources to help them, so that every child has a chance to succeed.


  • Bolster vocational and apprenticeship programs, and work toward debt-free college: We need to prepare our kids for the jobs of the 21st Century. In our ever-shrinking world that means they need to have access to the skills training they need to be able to compete in the global economy. We can do that by providing every student with an opportunity to learn computer science and coding, reintroducing vocational training into our high schools, and make debt-free college a reality for families earning less than $125,000.

  • Allow for student loan debt refinancing: We must make it easier for students and recent graduates to pay off their student loan debt. Too many young people have student loan debt that holds them back from starting a business, buying a home, and taking part in the economy. We can help by allowing undergraduate borrowers to refinance their debt at the same rates offered to new borrowers in their student loan program—the same way homeowners can refinance a mortgage.


Paid for by Colin Allred for Congress

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