Our nation’s children should receive a good education – from early childhood through college and beyond. That’s why strengthening public schools and making college affordable is crucial not only to our children’s success, but also teachers’ ability to succeed in the classroom.

According to the Pew Research, minorities are expected to outnumber whites among the nation’s public school students. Since 1997, the number of Hispanic students nearly doubled to 12.9 million, and the number of Asians jumped 46% to 2.6 million. U.S.-born Hispanic and Asian children rather than immigrant children drives most of the growth.

We have to ensure that our leaders don’t cut funding for public schools or try to diminish teachers’ ability to do their jobs by cutting their pay or eliminating resources and tools they need to educate our children.

Our leaders must also make college more affordable by increasing grant aid to minimize the need for loans, allowing federal student loans to be refinanced and streamlining federal loan repayment plans to create affordable monthly payments for struggling borrowers.

Join iAmerica Action in calling out leaders at the local, state and national level to do more for children and teachers.