Education is the way out of poverty.
Education is not only the path to a better democracy and road to equality and justice, but it also leads to innovation and invention. Rural schools need equitable funding to ensure students have the same opportunities to learn and excel with up-to-date materials and tools. Liberal arts (music, theater, and art), vocational training (auto and wood shop, plumbing, electronics, cooking, and sewing), and sports should be part of the curricula. Extracurricular activities (special interest clubs such as technology, journalism, politics, business) should be provided after school.
Students need access to affordable broadband at home to take advantage of online learning opportunities outside of school. Pockets of the most rural areas still lack the attention necessary to build the needed infrastructure. We must spend more money on bringing high speed broadband to these areas before upgrading services to those areas that are already served.