With wall-to-wall radio and TV ads and mailers for the March 11 special election between lobbyist David Jolly and former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, it’s difficult to decipher which candidate supports issues that matter to Florida’s students and educators.
To help cut through the noise, Education Votes did its own research and came up with information that compares Sink and Jolly on key education issues and Social Security.
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- Sink vows to “reverse the shrinking investment in education funding” and use lottery funding to enhance education programs.
- Jolly says there is a “a lot of good” in a budget plan that calls for $166 billion in mandatory cuts in education, training, employment, and social services.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
- Jolly’s campaign website does not mention pre-K or early childhood education, but he supports a budget plan that pushes 191,000 million kids out of Head Start.
- Sink pledges to develop a reasonable timeline to transition pre-K programs toward having at least one degreed teacher in every classroom.
- Sink pledges to improve access to quality and affordable higher education, increasing the proportion of need-based student aid, and striking a better balance with merit-based scholarships.
- Jolly’s campaign website does not mention higher education, but he supports a budget that freezes Pell Grants for 10 years despite the rising costs of higher education and allows interest rates to double on Stafford student loans.
- Jolly lobbied on behalf of a client to privatize Social Security accounts and convert Medicare into a voucher program.
- Sink vows to protect Social Security and Medicare in Congress and says “Social Security’s not an entitlement program. We earned it.”
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