“EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS” ~SOLOMON ORTIZ.

There is no greater investment than in our children. They are the future. If we want them to succeed and compete in the global economy we need to invest more money in their education.

In Congress I will work to achieve:

  1. Universal Pre-K. Research shows children attending preschool often have higher test scores when they reach elementary school
  2. Increase teacher’s pay. Florida currently has over 2000 open teacher positions. Teacher shortages affects students’ ability to learn and reduce teachers’ effectiveness. Note: Florida isn’t the only state suffering from state-wide teacher shortages. By increasing teacher salaries states will be able to attract and retain highly qualified teachers.
  3. Increase federal funding for public colleges and universities
  4. Provide tax credits to employers who help employees pay off education debt.

Teachers:

The average salary of a teacher is $60,000 for the year of 2017 – 2018 .  A starting salary for a teach in the US is below $40,000.  According to the Economic Policy Institute report teachers are paid 21.4% less than similarly educated and experienced professionals.  Why in the richest country is our teachers underpaid?  We have a teacher shortage throughout the US.  If we don’t address the issue and start paying our teachers a higher wage our kids will not receive a quality education that is needed to succeed. 

When elected I will:

  1. Work with my colleagues to create a stipend that will be paid through the Department of Education $1,500 per month for every teacher.  The stipend will help boost teacher’s salary while states will continue to pay their average salary.
  2. Reform the Teacher Forgiveness Program.  The Teacher Forgiveness Program is unattainable and ineffective.  Currently in order to become eligible you must not have an outstanding balance on Direct Loans or Federal Family Education Loans.  You must be employed full time and complete five consecutive academic years.  Loans must be made before the end of the fifth academic year of qualifying teaching service.  My plan will modify the existing program by:
    1. After one year of teacher service the Department of Education will pay up to $7,000 per year of the teacher’s federal student loans.
    2. After the competition of ten consecutive academic years all federal student loans will be forgiven.

Student Loans:

Student loan debt in America is over $1 Trillion.  Students are drowning in debt from their student loans as the cost in tuition has increased over the years.  Kim proposes:

  • Increasing the corporate tax rate from 21% to 23% to pay off all student loans
  • Tax incentive of $50,000 for those who already paid off their student loans
  • Eliminate student loan interest rate.
  • Expand student loans to accept “non-traditional degrees ie (micro and mini degrees)