“Investing in our children’s education and ensuring an affordable college education is available are the most important investments we can make in our future.” – Joyce Beatty
Educating Our Children
Joyce Beatty has worked throughout her career as an elected official and education administer to ensure that resources to educate children in the 3rd Congressional District and throughout the state. In the Ohio House of Representatives, Joyce advocated for increases in higher funding of education in the state and worked with Ohio’s previous Governor to pass education reforms that placed ranked Ohio in the Top 5 in public school rankings.
The federal government has a relatively limited role in K-12 education; however, Joyce Beatty will advocate for the federal government to continue to ensure that it provides resources to help put quality teachers stay in the classroom, tackles classroom size, and provides a quality education for all students.
Joyce Beatty has been a strong advocate for Head Start throughout her career and will continue to advocate for the program that prepares low income students for success when entering kindergarten.
When President Obama announced The Race to the Top Fund, a competitive federal grant program that rewards states for raising student achievement, Joyce Beatty wasted no time in advocating for funding from her role at The Ohio State University and because of her efforts Ohio received $400 million in Race to the Top Funds.
Affordable College Education and Job Training
Joyce Beatty worked to put herself through college and understands that because she had access to an affordable college education it allowed her to be successful later in life. In Congress, Joyce will continue to be a strong ally for student loan, grant, and work study programs.
During her time serving as the Ohio House Democratic Leader, Joyce Beatty worked to increase funding for higher education and helped pass legislation that froze college tuition cost in Ohio. After leaving the state legislature, Joyce Beatty became the Senior Vice President of Outreach and Engagement at The Ohio State University. She worked daily with students who were able to be at the university because of federal aid programs.
In Congress, Joyce Beatty will be a strong voice against anyone who attempts to cut funding to programs such as Pell Grants. The Ryan Budget, passed by the current U.S. House of Representatives on partisan lines, will double interest rates and cut billions of dollars of funding for Pell grants. Joyce Beaty is against these cuts and believes it is time for Congress to work together to keep student interest rates low and fund Federal education aid programs that will help prepare students for our workforce and spur our economy forward.
Joyce Beatty will actively seek opportunities to bring public-private partnerships to central Ohio that work cooperatively with our community colleges and training centers to prepare students and participants for jobs that will be available immediately. These programs have been taking place in other parts of the country and with the amount of resources available in central Ohio and its strong workforce these partnerships should be a natural fit.
Affordable college education and job training is the recipe for success for the future.