She gave the example of a student who loves pottery and knows that is what he or she wants to do for a living. Ritz would like to see the student take classes to advance that goal. That student will be an entrepreneur, she said, and should be taking classes in business and math and studying marketing and web design.
“All kids deserve pathways,” she said. At the same time, all students — whether career or college-bound — need to master the same literacy and math requirements, she said.
While meeting with reporters, Ritz was asked to comment on a proposal by Democratic State Sen. Tim Lanane to provide and fund pre-kindergarten education statewide.
“Early learning is very important,” Ritz said. “We need to have some earnest conversation about early learning. We’re one of just a handful of states in the nation that does not have early learning programming at the state level.”
She said she’s excited about the prospect of the Legislature discussing the proposal during a future session.
In the meantime, “We’re having quite a bit of dialogue amongst agencies at the state level and private partners to talk about how we can work together to get some Pre-K programs in place,” Ritz said.