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Issue Position: Education

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A good education starts at home. No government program can replace responsibility; parents reading to their children and turning off the TV

I graduated from our local schools. I attended publicly-funded schools, having graduated from Miami-Dade College. My brother and his wife are public school teachers. I understand the value of a strong public education system for the children of South Florida.

I will work to fully fund our schools, including school construction for smaller class sizes so our kids can compete for the jobs in the 21st century.

I believe we need to truly value our teachers by paying them well, and we need to treat teachers with dignity and respect. Teachers should not have to pay for their classroom school supplies.

I stood with teachers in opposition to Senate Bill 6, the worst anti-teacher law in the history of our state.

I believe parents and teachers should work together to improve our schools. These solutions can't come from Washington alone, we need have input from all those involved in educating our children.

I believe teachers should be preparing our kids for their future, not being forced to teach a test. It's true we need accountability and innovation to improve schools, but penalizing teachers isn't the solution. When grading schools and teachers, we need to take into account children with educational challenges such as language and preparedness.

I am proud to be endorsed by our local teachers, the United Teachers of Dade.

I will fight to make college more affordable with common-sense solutions like tax-deductions on college savings accounts and making student loans more affordable and easier to access.

I believe you shouldn't be taxed on the money you set aside to go to college, the money you use to save for your children's future or pay for college tuition.

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