Tom actively promotes parental choice and involvement in education. He has been active in education in New Mexico, both through Catholic education and involvement as a regional advisor to Educate New Mexico, a privately funded, non-profit organization dedicated to helping New Mexico families exercise their right to a quality education by promoting parental choice and providing financial assistance.
Federal mandates have not improved New Mexico schools, and the monies and testing requirements are often squandered at a bureaucratic level rather than reaching the classroom. By lowering Federal taxes and Federal involvement in education, local school boards will benefit from parents retaining more money and having more time to spend with their families. Education really must start and end at home.
Tom believes that there is no single silver bullet to our educational challenge, but he does believe that some of the solutions implemented in Florida should be considered by New Mexico. These solutions include: proper testing and accountability, school choice options through tax incentives or vouchers, school and parental choice opportunities, improved academic expectations, and ending social promotion. If a child cannot read in the 3rd grade, we must not turn our head and socially promote them to the 4th grade. We all recognize the high dropout rate in New Mexico high schools. Without parental involvement, society is sentencing our children to servitude regarding employment options