Education

Issues

I’ll work with educators & legislators to prioritize public education

Education

Our public schools are being assaulted in many ways.  The State Legislature is not adequately funding public schools despite laws such as classroom size requirements.  Local control of school boards is being weakened.   State laws penalize teachers for poor performances by children due to reasons such as language barriers or coming from lower socioeconomic households.  The State Legislature increasingly takes money away from public schools and gives it to charter schools, or towards private school vouchers.  Yet, private schools are not held to the same accountability of public schools in terms of testing and teacher certification. Private schools do not have to provide transportation, and they may refuse children from attending indiscriminately. 

I will work with educators, administrators, and legislators to make public education a priority again.  I will help teachers and schools regain control of curriculums, reduce the importance of standardized testing, and further expand public accelerated training programs and technical education.  Protecting and strengthening our public schools in Florida has inspired me to run for the State House.