Albuquerque, NM – U.S. Senate candidate Mick Rich unveiled his plan to strengthen New Mexico’s schools at Gilbert L. Sena Charter High School. The plan focuses on getting the federal government out of the classroom, building up public schools and growing innovation and choice, increasing vocational and skills training, and making higher education more affordable.“Bureaucrats, politicians, and special interests have been putting themselves first and our students second for far too long,” Mick Rich said. “My plan focuses on empowering parents, teachers, and schools to better prepare students for success. As a general contractor for 35 years, I’ve seen our economy and workforce change dramatically, and it is time to change our education system to give our students what they need to build a brighter future.
As New Mexico’s next U.S. senator, I will work hard to make this vision a reality.”Rich’s plan calls for getting the federal government out of the classroom by restoring control of education to parents, teachers, and communities. Rolling back one-size-fits-all federal mandates like No Child Left Behind and fostering parental engagement to support academic success will put parents, teachers, and communities back in the driver’s seat.
The plan also boosts vocational and skills training to better prepare students to succeed in a changing workforce by: increasing STEM education, and trade and vocational training, and creating short-term workforce Pell grants to improve job training. Rich also proposes allowing veterans to enter into pre-apprenticeship programs to better transfer their skills and training from military service into the workforce, and reforming and streamlining federal laws and bureaucracy on apprenticeships