Weaver said the pandemic has confirmed that the the district’s three highest priorities are healthcare, education and economic development. She said everyone should have access to affordable, quality healthcare. Weaver said rural access could be improved by expanding telecare services and mobile health units, including general medicine and substance abuse treatment.
"(Regarding economic development), I believe nothing is more important than creating good-paying jobs that can support a support a middle-class life," Weaver said. The candidate development measures should include expanding the microloan program for new farmers, providing tax relief and simplification for small businesses, and partnering with community colleges and local unions on training and apprenticeship opportunities.
On the school board, Weaver said she has seen the struggles that students, parents and districts are facing during the pandemic. She said districts have been tasked with providing the best education possible while receiving little to no direction or support from the federal government.
"What we give to our public-school system in this pandemic will also prepare for innovative instruction in the future," Weaver said. She said this system would benefit from increased teacher pay, investments in broadband and other technology, and reductions in student loan debt.
Region: Decatur,City: Decatur,Politics,Region: Central
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October 19, 2020 at 02:43PM