August 6, 2018 / Press Releases

Senator Nelson Discusses Education with South Florida Teachers and Education Leaders

Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Bill Nelson met with teachers, school board members and education leaders today about the importance of public education funding, teacher pay and supporting our students to invest in the future of Florida. Ahead of the school year, the group discussed new challenges and funding to educate immigrant students, school safety funding and many other issues facing educators and school districts.

“All children deserve a quality public education regardless of their zip code or family’s income and these educators are the unsung heroes in ensuring all of our students have the same opportunities,” Nelson said at the headquarters for United Teachers of Dade. “There is nothing more important we can do to help our children, our communities and our businesses than to ensure our students, schools and our educators have the resources they need.”

Senator Nelson is a longtime champion of public education and has fought for increases in federal funding for some of the most vulnerable school districts in Miami-Dade County. He also worked to help schools support and serve the large influx of students who arrived from Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

“Senator Nelson knows there is no more important endeavor than educating our children and has fought for resources to support our most important programs in our neediest communities in this state,” said United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernandez-Mats. “Unlike our Governor, Senator Nelson has demanded that our students and teachers have the tools necessary to succeed.”

Nelson’s record is in sharp contrast with Rick Scott, who cut public education funding, slashing $1.3 billion in K-12 education funding in just his first year in office. With Scott in office, Florida is also in the bottom tier for per-pupil spending and for teacher pay. Scott has also forced unfunded mandates that result in limited funds for teacher pay and student resources.