Access to a quality education for every child is essential to growing our economy and helping North Carolina thrive. Better students develop into a better workforce and I believe that we owe it to our children and teachers to recommit to public schools. North Carolina is ranked among the lowest in the country regarding expenditures both for per-pupil and teacher pay, this needs to change. We have to raise teacher pay, provide incentives for new teachers and expand broadband access to students and schools in rural areas.