Public education is essential for a functioning democracy and a competitive economy. Our children deserve equal access to educational opportunity and our country must have an educated workforce capable of handling the challenges of the 21st century. America invested in a primary and secondary public education system in the 19th Century that helped drive our economy. In today’s America, every child should have access to quality education, including Universal Pre-K, regardless of their zip code. In order to be competitive with other nations, we must also make necessary investments in higher education, including community college, vocational training, and ensure that any hard-working student can graduate from public universities without a mountain of debt.