Arkansas is facing many challenges in the months and years ahead that require someone with leadership experience as well as an understanding of the issues. In her roles as parent, public school instructor, City Council member, life-long Republican, community volunteer, and long-time Northwest Arkansas resident, Aubrey has gained the experience, perspective, and wisdom necessary to lead in Little Rock.
As representative of District 13 in the Arkansas House of Representatives, Aubrey will consider all matters prayerfully and with wisdom. Three issues are of greatest concern in the state of Arkansas: Education, Economic Development, and Responsible Government.
Aubrey will fight for parents, students, and teachers in Little Rock.
School Choice – While she is a big fan of public schools, she knows that school choice allows parents to make a decision for what is best for their individual children. Public school is the right choice for most students, but not all students. Aubrey has taught in traditional public schools, public charter schools, and as a homeschool parent. She has seen first-hand how education should never be a one-size fits all system.
Homeschool aid -Aubrey will look at the idea of providing an annual homeschool scholarship to families for their curriculum and supplies. These parents are already paying taxes into the education system, and this would allow them to still benefit from those tax dollars without taking full per-student funding from the public school system.
STEM/CTE education-Another important part of the Arkansas education system that must be addressed is better support for STEM and computer science, as well as Career and Technical Education. Aubrey is a CTE teacher, so she understands that students must be both college and career-ready based on their individual needs.
Teacher support-As both a parent and professional educator, Aubrey understands that we are dangerously close to a crisis in our state and nation’s education system. While teachers deserve to be better paid, simply raising salaries is not the solution to recruiting and retaining the right teachers for our children.
Aubrey knows that teacher perspectives are too often left out of education discussions. We need someone in Little Rock who listens to all stakeholder perspectives, including how policies will affect teachers, students, and parents.
Aubrey Patterson knows that “people create businesses and businesses create jobs.” The government’s role in our society should be restricted to public safety and infrastructure, not in interfering with business operations. District 13 and the surrounding areas are rich with amazing businesses from a wide variety of industries. By getting out of the way, the government can, in effect, empower more business and job creation in Arkansas.
By supporting small businesses, Arkansas’ economy can thrive.
Through her role as a Bentonville City Council member, Aubrey developed relationships that led to changes and programs that improved safety and the overall quality of life. This includes working with the local Parent Teacher Organization and police department to improve a dangerous intersection, and working to get an animal shelter built in the community. Both were measures that many residents asked for, showing it was important and would make a difference in the community..
Responsible governments must be fiscally responsible with money. Government must be respectful of the money that Arkansans earn. This looks like balanced budgets that are focused on real needs and lowering taxes. We shouldn’t have a surplus-we should have lower taxes. Arkansans deserve to have their money spent close to home to better address specific needs.
Government should focus on improving infrastructure and public safety, so businesses can thrive. Government should not be interfering with businesses by passing burdensome regulations.