Kent believes that for far too long Congress has misplaced its budgetary priorities, choosing to stand with special interests rather than the voters who elected them. As such, he is calling for a reprioritization of how Congress allocates our federal tax dollars to maximize efficiency and to affect as many citizens as possible. While Kent is a strong advocate for a robust national defense, he feels that through modernizing certain elements of our military that we will be able to free up enough budget to shift from defense spending to social and healthcare programs that benefit the members of our society that need help the most.
We are on a race to the bottom. High school dropout rates are regressing rather than progressing. Teacher retention is falling behind and college readiness is slipping. As a former public school teacher, Kent Lester knows that a robust public school system is the pathway to success for our fellow citizens and our country. Ensuring that every person, regardless of circumstance, attends quality, affordable public schools is the cornerstone of our platform. Having this foundation greatly increases a person’s ability to lead secure, productive lives and helps us all end the school-to-prison pipeline and bring this country to its fullest potential. As your representative, Kent will:
Defend against School Vouchers. Vouchers have a negative effect on the funding for our already underfunded schools, while propping up charter schools with dubious accreditation and educational standards. Public money should fund public schools.
Serve as a Watch Dog against school discrimination. Over 60 years after Brown v Board of Education, we are still dealing with disparities in education based on race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, religion, and disability. These disparities fuel the social problems that have created the school to prison pipeline that has done nothing but fail our young people. Kent will advocate for disadvantaged school districts and support federal funding to achieve equity in our nation’s schools.
- Work to expand and diversify public education. We can not keep supporting one-size-fits-all educational models. Kent will introduce legislation that will incentivize states and school districts to implement and sustain real-world technological and vocational education. We must end the harmful rhetoric that a college degree is the only path to success in this world. If we weren’t pushing every student to attend a four-year university, we wouldn’t have near the college dropout rates and massive student debt that we have in this country.
The good news is that its not too late to change course. With the proper priorities, American public schools can be a positive example for a changing world. Kent Lester is stepping up to help lead the way to a brighter future for America’s children that starts in the classroom. As Americans, we will leave no one behind.
Kent strongly believes that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. As a veteran, Kent has access to a comprehensive healthcare system with low premiums, high quality of care, and high freedom of choice. And he believes that that every American should have access to a similar system. That’s why Kent will make working towards Medicare-for-All a top priority of his as a US Representative. We need to ensure that basic health maintenance and emergency care are a guaranteed right of every American, and Kent knows that the only way to do so is with a single-payer healthcare system.
Kent knows that climate change is one of the gravest issues the US, and the world, faces today. With District 31 continually experiencing extreme weather and record high temperatures year after year, Kent knows that we must act now. Kent knows that we must address environmental issues using sound, scientifically based solutions, not partisan rhetoric. A staunch advocate for the US’s participation in the Paris Climate Accords, Kent promises to ensure that the US remains a global leader in tackling climate change so that we can leave a healthier, more sustainable world for our children, grandchildren, and generations to come.