As a former educator, I know the importance of a good education to a bright future. Our students must be prepared for a 21st century world and be given the right tools to lead us into a better tomorrow.
In the Florida Legislature, I co-authored the Florida Prepaid College Program. This program has helped hundreds of thousands of students to attend college by allowing their parents to lock in the cost of current college tuition rates.
I voted to strengthen the Head Start program for our young students. Student readiness at an early age is critical.
I have voted to increase the availability to Pell Grants for higher education. I also support increasing Stafford federal student loan limits.
I voted to simplify the bureaucratic and cumbersome Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) process.
I support the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad bill. This bill provides college students with greater access to scholarships and grants for study abroad programs.