“A competitive free market system, with winners and losers, works in the private marketplace. … But it doesn't work for educating our children because we can't afford losers. We can't afford losers when it comes to something as basic as fundamental education and creating opportunity for our children in the future. We need to provide every opportunity for every child to work hard and succeed.”
“Michigan's workers can out-build, out-think, and out-imagine anyone. The first step of that process is to match smart, hard-working Michiganders with opportunities in which they can shine.”
A graduate of Michigan public schools, Debbie has spent nearly two decades in the Senate fighting for the needs of students and workers.
Debbie grew up in Clare, Mich., where she graduated from the local public school, Clare High School. After graduating from Michigan State University, Debbie worked with students in a local public school as a social worker. In 2000, she became the first woman to represent Michigan in the U.S. Senate.
During her time in the Senate, Debbie has continued to put the needs of students first, most recently through her opposition to anti-public education nominees like Betsy DeVos, her efforts to reduce the cost of higher education, and her advocacy of legislation to add more career counselors to schools. Her New Skills for New Jobs agenda works with businesses, labor leaders, and educational institutions to give young people valuable skills as they enter the workforce.