Star of 'Breaking Bad' talks about breaking barriers in education

Steven Michael Quezada
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Some major star power got behind the charter schools cause in Indiana Tuesday.

A star from the hit series "Breaking Bad" was the keynote speaker at the Indiana Public Charter Schools Conference at Lucas Oil Stadium Tuesday morning.

Television audiences came to know him as DEA agent Steven Gomez on the critically acclaimed AMC series.

"All people learn at a different speed," said actor Steven Michael Quezada.

Quezada was on a different stage to talk about why he's so passionate about the mission of charter schools to charter school advocates, teachers and administrators here in Indiana.

"Choices, choices, choices for kids. So they can grow up to be whoever they want to be," said Quezada about why he's so committed to the charter school mission.

For Quezada, growing up to be who he wanted was a long journey. One, he said, his public school education didn't foster.

"I've had this cause since I was a failure at college, since I didn't have the skill set when I started trying to go into higher education and I don't want that for any kid," Quezada explained.

Quezada told Eyewitness News he sends his own three daughters to charter schools in Albuquerque where he also sits on the board of Albuquerque Public Schools.

"They all deserve the same shot, the same chance," Quezada said of kids trying to get an education.

That's why Quezada said he thinks public schools could take a lesson from charter schools when it comes to engaging kids.

"Until we look at education and restructure it, we're stuck with this failing system," he said.

A system, said Quezada, that desperately needs more funding if its going to work.

"We bailed out the financial institutions in this country, guess what? We need to start bailing out education in this country and it's going to be expensive, just like that was, but it's going to be worth it," said Quezada.

Quezada said he doesn't believe there's a magic wand when it comes to fixing education.

He said it's about a long term commitment that starts and ends with money in the form of more funding for education.