“Senator Nelson knows and appreciates the value of our public schools and public school educators,” said Florida Education Association President Joanne McCall. “We stand with Bill Nelson because he has been a steadfast supporter of our students, teachers, support staff and schools, and has fought for funding for programs to assist some of Florida’s most vulnerable students.”
Nelson is a longtime champion of public education, education funding, and fair pay for teachers and other staff that are crucial to the operation of our schools including secretaries, bus drivers, cafeteria and maintenance workers, janitors, counselors, and teacher’s aides. The senator met with parents and education leaders, including teachers, administrators and school board members, in South Florida on Monday.
With the school year beginning this month and the realities of funding and safety taking the forefront once again, the contrast between Senator Nelson and his opponent could not be more evident.
Rick Scott led the push to cut education funding, slashing $1.3 billion in K-12 education funding in his first year alone. With him in office, Florida earned an F in school spending in a recently released Education Week analysis, and our state ranks 45th in the nation for teacher pay, more than $12,000 below the national average, according to National Education Association statistics. Scott has also forced unfunded mandates that result in limited funds for educator pay and student resources.