A quality education empowers and equips. Education makes our citizens vital, enterprising members of the increasingly competitive global marketplace. Vermont has a great educational foundation: a corps of caring, brilliant teachers and administrators who are truly second to none. It is our duty and responsibility to take advantage of this foundation, and make Vermont the premier source for bright minds in our nation. I believe one key step is giving parents the option of choice when it comes to schools — this will breed healthy competition, ensure wise use of funds, and enable parents to become more deeply invested in the educational process. We must also empower our educators with the latest technology, keeping them ahead of the pack, both nationally and globally. There is no more worthwhile investment than the children of Vermont.