“Together, we can build lasting opportunity for everyone in Northeast Florida with overdue Investments in our public schools.”

I fully support public schools; and I think it is just criminal how our public schools in Florida have been shortchanged for years by Tallahassee. Our teachers are under paid, well below the national average, and our schools are left in disrepair. Talk about a lack of common sense. Our children are the future of this country and yet we continually shortchange their education.

While the Federal government only provides 8% of public education money nationwide, I certainly support more funding for teacher pay, all teachers new hires and veteran teachers, and for school construction from the local, state and national levels.  

Education funding is an investment in our country and our children. We know very well that young people who are successful and continue through graduation are assets to our community.  Therefore, I believe that in order for our children and our communities to have the opportunity to reach their full potential, we must invest in our educators to attract and retain the best across the First Coast. We must also invest in quality education facilities where students can learn, and teachers can teach in safety. This November, Duval County residents will vote on a half-cent sales tax for school safety and construction. In Congress, I will work to enhance, not gut, support for our educators and schools.