“We must enable the teachers to exercise their professional judgement and employ the best tools they can for student success.”
“Education really will drive the economy of the future, and the higher quality of students that we can graduate, the broader the economic expansion can be. There is a direct correlation...between having a public school system for the 21st century and having an economy that thrives in the 21st century.”
Born and raised in Pearl City to a steel worker and a dental hygienist, David Ige attended public schools throughout childhood and attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa. This firsthand experience has shown David the incredible potential of public schools and he works hard as governor to provide the same for all Hawaiians.
David strongly believes that public schools should be the center of their communities. To that end, he has supported several important initiatives, including increases to school-level funding, providing dual-credit courses in public high schools, and providing financial assistance to low-income community college students.
With the 21st century rapidly transforming the job market, David is making sure that his state’s workforce is prepared. He has ensured that Hawaii has the resources to pay out pensions to public servants, prepare workers for technological advancements, and help start-ups get the acceleration and talented employees they need.