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Bill Nelson believes in investing in the future of Florida – our teachers, our students and our schools.

A firm believer that all children deserve a quality public education regardless of their zip code or family’s income, Bill Nelson is a steadfast supporter of our students, teachers and public schools. He promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning beginning in early elementary school to begin preparing our students and readying our economy for jobs of the future with about 26 million U.S. jobs, or 20 percent of our workforce, requiring STEM skills. He co-authored the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act that authorized several programs to improve gender, racial and socioeconomic diversity in STEM education and in the federal workforce.

Bill advocates for career and technical training and job readiness programs for our future workforce.

For those who continue on to our colleges and universities, he has pushed to reduce student loan debt, to increase access to Pell grants, and stood up to for-profit colleges which do not prepare our students. Bill introduced legislation to ensure student loan interest rates never go higher than 4 percent and to allow others to refinance their loans at the new lower rates. With the average Florida graduate facing more than $24,000 in student loan debt, Bill is fighting to ensure our students are not priced out of a better future for them and their families.

In the Senate, he is a strong supporter of public higher education from state colleges to our historically black colleges and universities and secured funding for key programs and facilities.

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Things turned out a little differently than we had hoped, but I by no means feel defeated. Thank you to everyone who rallied to our cause. Never give up the fight. - Bill