Ensuring our kids have the proper foundation to achieve the American Dream is by far one of the most important issues for Lena. In light of the fact that 85 percent of our Milwaukee school kids read below grade level and 70 percent of their parents are functionally illiterate, Lena is a strong advocate for funding our public education system. Lena believes that not only do we have a constitutional responsibility to provide every kid in Wisconsin an equal public education, but a moral one as well. During her tenure in the Legislature, no Democrat has as much experience fighting for public education funding as a member of the Joint Committee on Finance as Lena. For her efforts, she’s received multiple awards for her advocacy for public education from the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association and the National Education Association.