Education

"Every child, regardless of race, gender, or zip code, deserves access to a world-class education. Our focus should be on teaching, not just testing.”
-Bryan Townsend

We are at a critical juncture when it comes to public education.  We must drive reform at both the state and national levels that lets teachers teach and students learn, without always being focused on the next standardized, high-stakes test right around the corner. We need policies that empower our educators and our children, not regulations that limit teachers' ability to customize their lessons for the students in their classrooms.

Since being elected to the State Senate, Bryan has stood with parents, teachers, and students in opposition to test-focused policies. In Dover, Bryan:

  • led efforts to forge more coordination in Delaware’s education system between district schools, charter schools, and vo-tech schools;
  • spoke forcefully about the negative impact of changing testing systems so frequently and without enough preparation for educators to plan and adjust their curricula;
  • opposed making test scores a primary part of teacher evaluations; and
  • pushed for higher starting salaries for educators.

It is positions and efforts like these that have landed Bryan the endorsements of key educators, including 2015 Delaware Teacher of the Year Megan Szabo. Bryan also believes all students have a right to top-notch instruction and technology in the classroom, regardless of socio-economic background.  In Congress he will fight for universal pre-k for every child and make access to debt-free college a priority.