Democratic nominee for Florida's 1st Congressional District
Federal Funding and Universal Pre-K
While communities and states carry most of the burden in funding schools, the feds could do more to ensure every child has access to a quality education from pre-K through graduate school. Universal Pre-K would relieve working parents from a statewide average of $6,647 per year in childcare costs alone.
While rich kids coast through college with D's and $0 in debt, working-class kids depend on a mix of scholarships and student loans, often requiring a minimum GPA and putting students in debt for decades with interest rates exceeding 6%. Our nation's best and brightest carry a collective debt of $1.57 TRILLION.
Capping interest rates to reflect our nation's priorities of furthering scientific and medical discovery through advanced study would allow brilliant students to embrace their gifts without sacrificing 10% or more of their income every month for 25 years.
Supporting Teachers and Families
When the state of Florida refused to publish data about COVID-19 in schools, I stepped up and led the effort to do so nationally. As an advocate for students and teachers, I believe early education should be a community effort that unites parents, teachers and students.
Autism Awareness and Disability Rights in Education
As a mother of an autistic child, I know how difficult everyday activities can be for children with disabilities. I plan on continuing my advocacy for autism awareness, and fight for parents who want to see more done in our education systems to work with children with disabilities.
Aid programs that create classroom environments that are structured to assist the needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Provide training and assistance to teachers of special needs programs, and nationalize Massachusetts's “Autism Endorsement for Educator Licensure” program.
Provide education and training for first responders to better recognize the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Further assist in educating the citizens to better understand the myriad of signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.