Strong Public Schools

As a parent, I am concerned about education. All citizens should be. The Florida Constitution guarantees a free quality public education for every child. However, many Florida public schools are underfunded. School teachers are not paid commensurate with their education and responsibility. Meanwhile, Florida taxpayer dollars are diverted to private school voucher programs and charter schools, with little transparency or accountability. We should increase public school funding and give teachers raises, not drain funds from public education in support of religious schools. Any taxpayer-funded program should uphold the same standards as public education, with regard to teacher training, pay, and student achievement. Accountability and transparency for charter schools and voucher programs is a must.

Speaking to the Collier County Education Association