Speaker Sara Gideon believes that ensuring our children receive a high-quality education is absolutely essential to their ability to succeed and to our state’s long-term prosperity.
Every child in Maine deserves equal access to the same opportunity to attend quality schools, regardless of where they live in Maine. Her commitment to education runs deep, as her path to public service began as a volunteer in the RSU 5 schools, where her children are now in grades 3, 7, and 8.
Sara knows that to thrive in the 21st century, kids need quality early childhood development, a modern, fully-funded K-12 curriculum, and access to affordable post-secondary options – from universities to community colleges to vocational schools and apprenticeships – that will prepare them for the jobs of the future.
This investment in education will pay long-term dividends, but Sara knows that we must do more now. A skilled and educated workforce helps existing businesses thrive and is a key to attracting new employers. Maine’s employers need workers with the skills to help them compete in developing and growing industries, and Maine workers need the tools to succeed in a world where the best employment and business opportunities increasingly require education beyond a high school diploma.
For workers and job-seekers, she believes in ensuring access to robust and relevant training programs that result in lifelong skills and credentials matched to in-demand jobs. For training providers, it’s imperative that good programs that provide high-quality training, including at community colleges, are given the support they need to scale up and respond to the needs of the local workforce and employers—while insisting on accountability, transparency, and results.