As a graduate of our local public schools, Ryan has been a strong supporter of education during his time as state Representative. He has voted for record state education funding; to expand and improve early childhood education and special education; to promote career and technical education; and to create new School Safety Grants for improved classroom safety.
He has also supported efforts to reduce standardized testing so teachers can focus on real teaching instead of "teaching to the test" and worked to make college more affordable - successfully pushing state colleges into two "no tuition increase" years in a row.
Ryan is also recognized as a statewide leader on workforce development issues. He has been a strong advocate for career and technical education during his time in the state House, and he has been an outspoken champion of career training programs.