Jeff Greene is the product of public schools. They prepared him for the future, enabling him to get a great college education with help from government-subsidized student loans and work-study programs. Every child in Florida deserves the same opportunity. But Florida’s schools today are the product of 20 years of Republican rule. Education funding has been held hostage, and we are experiencing a true state of education emergency: our public schools rank 40th in the country. In today’s system, the quality of your education depends on where you live and the size of your parents’ paycheck.
When Jeff is elected governor, he promises to change that. His vision for Florida prioritizes public education and ensures that every student in our state receives a world-class education. He is committed to giving educators a well-deserved raise. And he will stop the flow of public dollars to private and charter ‘schools with no rules.’
Florida’s kids will have to compete in a global marketplace for the jobs of the future. The current education system has limited student achievement by simply pushing kids to pass high-stakes tests. Jeff wants to transform our education system to bring best practices from other states and countries, just like he has at the Greene School. That’s the innovative, non-profit, need-blind Kindergarten through 7th-grade school Jeff and his wife founded in West Palm Beach. It has never taken a dime of public funds.
Jeff understands that kids learn to read until the third grade, but after that, they read to learn. Sadly, only 54% of Florida’s third graders can read at grade level. Things only get worse: 64% of high school graduates aren’t proficient readers…and only 19% of that same group of students can perform grade-level mathematics. Florida is failing our students and slamming closed the door to future success.
That’s why Jeff supports two years of full-time Pre-K to prepare kids to learn when they hit elementary school – and increased resources so that they leave the K-12 system prepared for whatever is next.
But we can’t really say we value education as a state until we value the educators who propel our future generations forward every day. That’s why teachers deserve a raise in Florida. Increasing their pay means we can attract the best and the brightest. It also means we can reward the hard work our dedicated teachers have done for years without fair compensation.
Wouldn’t you want the best teacher possible for your child? We can, and should, have that for every child in Florida – and with Jeff Greene, we will.