Senator Whitmire believes that public education should be the State's highest priority. He has fought for increased public education funding, teacher pay increases, smaller class sizes, and a more adequate and equitable education funding system.
Senator Whitmire worked with his colleagues to reduce the number of tests our students must take to graduate while ensuring different pathways to graduation and higher education opportunities.
One of Senator Whitmire's top priorities is the over-ticketing and expulsion in our public schools. While schools must be kept safe and dangerous students removed, school districts must quit over relying on the criminal justice system to handle disruptive, non-violent behavior.
He led the charge against tuition deregulation and continues to push for increased funding for our universities, community colleges, and tuition assistance programs. All students should have the opportunity to pursue a higher education without fearing they will be over-burdened by debt.