There’s an unquestionable connection between access to education and a better future. Education opened the door to opportunity in my life, and I believe all Texas should have a shot at a better future. In the state legislature, I fought attempts to cut $5.4 billion from public education. Rather than using any of the $6 billion available in the state’s savings account known as the Rainy Day Fund, the legislature opted to leave Texas schools underfunded by billions of dollars and shortchange our students. We must make a national commitment to our children by improving our schools, reducing class sizes, ensuring that we have the best trained, most qualified teachers in the world and putting in place the means for students to attain a higher education. In Congress I’ll fight to increase grants, increase access to opportunity, and protect the future of Texas students. Investing in education is an investment in jobs and a strong economy.