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Lewis will star up for public education

2014-05-06T00:00:00Z 2014-05-06T14:52:05Z Lewis will star up for public education The Billings Gazette
May 06, 2014 12:00 am

Having spent most of my career teaching in the classroom of Billings Public Schools, I know what it means for a child to grow through education. The opportunities afforded to our children in K-12 schools give them the tools they need to succeed as independent adults who give back to the communities that raised them.

Giving our students the financial support they need to attend college means we are investing in our own quality of life: with a better- educated workforce comes new ideas, increased rates of civic participation and economic growth of life.

With our U.S. House seat open this November, we need to take a careful look at our options, Our GOP candidates have spoken in favor of charter schools and using public dollars to fund private education. This sucks resources away from students who need them most. Many of these same candidates — Zinke, Stapleton, Arntzen and the like — have thrown their support behind the so-called “Ryan Budget,” which proposes severe cuts to Pell grants for our low income students seeking college degrees.

Our candidate John Lewis is different. Lewis has the backbone to stand up for public education and Pell Grants — two programs that improve life for all working families.

Whether it's a kindergartner or a college senior, our students deserve a representative who will fight for their right to high-quality, accessible education. John Lewis will be that representative. Join me in sending him to Congress this fall.

Jack Johnson

Billings

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