These are the challenges and opportunities facing public education in Florida.
Regardless of country of origin, all students deserve a quality education. We support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship, and rejects separating children from their families.
Every student should be able to pursue an education without amassing major debt. We support college affordability legislation, federal loan forgiveness programs for public service and increased Pell Grant funding.
Without quality healthcare, many students can’t come to school ready to learn. We support expanding Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), improving the Affordable Care Act and repealing the tax on employee-sponsored health insurance.
Educators deserve access to the benefits they spent their lives paying for. Protecting pensions and Social Security ensures retired educators live with dignity.
To ensure each classroom has an effective teacher we must identifying and address the root cause of the shortage. Maintaining high standards for licensure ensures every student has a qualified teacher from day one.
Public money should go to public services. Giving taxpayer money to private interests, like unaccountable, for-profit charter schools, eliminates a path to well-paying jobs for the communities public schools serve.
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For every child to have the opportunity to succeed, politicians must fight for quality public schools. I pledge to support candidates in the 2020 election who are champions for Florida students.