I am firm believer in the power of education and in making substantial improvements to our nation’s education system.

We must improve the No Child Left Behind Act and the Education and Secondary School Act so that every child in the region and the rest of the nation has access to equal and excellent education. We also must make changes to ensure higher education is affordable and accessible for every child in America. The unfortunate reality is that skyrocketing college costs are putting a college education out of reach for many families. To help address this, I will support legislation that prevented student loan interest rates from doubling, and locked in rates for new student loans to prevent rates from skyrocketing in the future.

This is a good step, but further action must be taken. Nearly 40 million Americans are struggling to repay student loans, putting off goals such as home ownership and saving for retirement. I support legislation that would allow student loan borrowers to refinance their loans at more affordable rates, saving them thousands of dollars.

Finally and importantly, we must invest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education today in order to produce the innovators and inventors of tomorrow. I want to make sure that not only is our nation producing the STEM leaders of tomorrow, but that they are coming from the great state of Iowa.

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