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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 5:18 pm, Mon Nov 5, 2012.

Education is the foundation to form a more perfect union and to continue to have the greatest economy this planet has ever seen. I’m a student at Mesa Community College, graduating this winter to attend Arizona State University and try to pursue a degree in law. I’m also a voter in Congressional District 9 and recently have heard about an up and coming debate between the two candidates Vernon Parker and Kyrsten Sinema. I think this would be a great idea for the voters of CD9 to see these two candidates talk about their views on education in a robust debate.

Education is important to me for several reasons. The first, when I was younger my parents fought tooth and nail to send me and my brother to a good school. They finally found one that offered us some financial aid. It was a private school and even though I was only there from age 3 to 8 I feel like they helped me in more ways than I know. I had a learning disability in reading and writing. When I left that school I could finally read at the same level at my classmates. However, I still had a disability in writing, but we had changed schools so I went to a public school in Mesa. They Mesa Public Schools special education department helped me extremely. I don’t know where I would be without their care and expertise. There have been budget cuts to early childhood development, which would hinder students who don’t have the means of going to a private school. Also, cuts have been made in special education that would hurt hundreds of students who are just like me. Another reason why education is important to me is I think all students should have the opportunity to pursue higher education. The cost of higher education is increasing and a lot of young people get discourage when they see the cost of college. I was able to get Pell grants to go to school, and without those I would not be in school right now. I know I’m not the only person with these concerns I think need to be discussed.

Education is going to be one of the most talked about issues coming up in these next two years, most of us know that the education system is going to have to be revamped for the up and coming generations. Out of 34 countries, the U.S. ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math. For the greatest country on the planet these numbers are horrific. Luckily, we have the resources and the means to fix this. It is going to take good policy makers to make it happened. That’s why I think this debate would be beneficial to all voters in CD9 to see what the candidates have to offer.

Samuel Cox

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