Senator Jackson has been named “Outstanding Public Official” by both the California Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association for a reason. She always stands up to make education the top priority and works to expand our state’s investment in our schools, colleges and universities, because she understands that public education is what really made California the Golden State. She is dedicated to restoring excellence and opportunity for all.
This year, as Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, she played a leading role in securing funding for early childhood education, because all the evidence shows that children who start on the right educational path are in the best position to succeed, be self-sufficient and contribute to our economy.
Jackson wrote legislation to help recruit, train and retain quality teachers — because quality teachers are the key to an effective education at all levels.
She believes in coordinating education with our economic needs, and wrote the legislation signed by the Governor that provided funding to local community colleges for nurse training pilot projects. To address shortages in the nursing profession, the community colleges provided training to licensed nurses, including training in the nursing specialty areas of critical care, emergency, obstetrics, pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, and operating room nursing.
And to assist long-term unemployed get quality technical and vocational training, Senator Jackson improved the Cal Grant program.