Juana will fight to ensure every child has access to a great education because she wouldn’t be here without Haverhill’s public schools. Great public education has been central to so many families’ American Dream stories. Today, we need to recommit to investing in our schools, supporting great teachers, and putting college within reach.
As our Congresswoman, Juana will:
- Advocate for expanded early education programs so every child has a strong start and every family can afford high-quality, safe, reliable child care.
- Support programs that recruit, support, and retain the best teachers and school leaders. It’s time to treat teaching like the challenging, skilled, professional work that it is. Competitive salaries, responsive resources, and high quality professional development are all essential. We must make teaching a go-to profession for the next generation and recruit people from diverse backgrounds to take up teaching as a career.
- Invest in trauma informed education practices that support our students, eliminate the disproportionate suspensions that students of color experience, and stop the school-to-prison pipeline.
- Support out-of-school and afterschool programs that work. We know learning doesn’t stop when the final bell rings. Every child should have access to community organizations leading high quality programs that introduce students to STEM, entrepreneurship, civics, and the arts.
- Increase investments in healthy school lunches. Our kids can’t learn if they’re hungry. We need to ensure that all students have access to nutritious food at school and through community programs during summer and school breaks.
- Invest in service programs like AmeriCorps that engage young people in working on solutions to challenges in local communities as mentors, tutors, and advocates.
- Advocate for access to higher education for all students with bold, common-sense policies that put credentials and degrees within reach for all students, including students of color and students from low income communities. Increase transparency about federal financial aid, encourage robust investments in federal grants, expand federal work study programs so students can pay their way, and incentivize states to implement innovative programs like debt free college, early college, apprenticeships, in-school workforce training, and robust reverse transfer programs.
- Ensure that local undocumented students have access to in-state tuition rates at two- and four-year public colleges and universities in their state of residence.
- Fight to address the student debt crisis, which is delaying home ownership, putting financial strain on multiple generations, and limiting the ability of recent graduates to start businesses. Expand public service loan forgiveness programs to make student debt more manageable for existing borrowers and close loopholes that have jeopardized teachers’, firefighters’, and public servants’ access to the loan forgiveness programs they have earned. Expand incentives and forgiveness options for educators and veterans. Encourage higher education institutions to expand both merit-based and need-based grants that empower students to start their careers with limited debt.