Increase transparency and accountability: The district should create an annual State of the Schools report to communicate clearly to families, teachers, and the community our strengths, weaknesses, and where investment and intervention is needed.

Close achievement gaps: Farmington should lead the way in addressing a problem that confronts schools nationwide. Research shows early childhood education is key. FPS should increase the number of free Pre-K seats available through existing federal- and state-funded programs.

Improve teacher morale: Our district’s greatest assets are its teachers and staff. They must be treated honestly and respectfully at the bargaining table and be supported adequately in their teaching mission with guidance counselors and media specialists.

Education should not be a partisan issue: Giving every child a fair shot at life-long success is a core principle of public education about which Democrats and Republicans should agree.