US Rep. Bob Schaffer, Colorado’s "Champion of Education Reform", said Speaker Benigno R. Fitial’s vision of providing quality education to Commonwealth children will prepare them to the challenges of the 21st century.
Rep. Schaffer supports Fitial’s bid to become the CNMI governor because he cares about the issue of education, which he said, is "Ben’s most important issue, too."
Fitial and running mate Education Commissioner Rita Inos believe that the availability of quality education for people of all ages is the key to good paying jobs and higher standard of living.
The Covenant Party standard bearers also believe that, in order to provide better educational opportunities, local leaders should aim at developing a stable economy for the Commonwealth.
Schaffer, who serves in three congressional committees, one of which is the House Education Committee, said that "too often, inflexible federal rules" get in the way of establishing and promoting innovative local programs.
But he considers that "real education reform begins in the local level."
For a staunch advocate of teaching school children the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, Schaffer believes that educational reform is attainable with the help of local leaders who understand how classrooms work and how children learn.
These qualities are what he saw in Fitial. "Ben is just that kind of leader who understands that the CNMI’s most important investment is in today’s youth," Schaffer said.
The Colorado lawmaker supports the Speaker’s goal of establishing a state-of-the-art educational system that takes full advantage of modern communications and Internet technology.
" I know Ben, for years, have worked closely with many of us in the Congress. If elected governor I am confident Ben will help us restore local flexibility which is the key to better schools and a better opportunity for our children," Schaffer said.
Schaffer has earned a reputation as Colorado’s champion of education reform and is the state’s most aggressive tax cuts advocate.
He supports the idea of parent involvement in the development of their children and in improving the quality of education for every child in the nation.
Schaffer is a supporter of creating exceptional schools, which he considers as the foundation of thriving communities. He wants to see the federal government to relinquish its control and return decision making in schools to the states and to the local communities.