Our children’s future depends on their education, and Florida’s future depends on our children’s success. They need to be educated to compete in a diverse global economy. Improving our schools and creating a skilled and educated workforce is key to our state’s economic health. Democrats believe that to build the economy of the future and attract lasting jobs that pay well, Florida needs an educated workforce.

Florida’s education system is in disarray. Cuts in funding for public schools and universities forced massive teacher layoffs, and classes like art, music, and athletics were eliminated. Scandals and resignations have resulted in constant turnover among top education officials. Band-aid fixes are holding together the accountability standards that should ensure our children are learning. Rick Scott and the Republicans have broken their promises on education again and again.

This is a make or break moment for Florida’s schools and Florida’s future.

Democrats stand committed to investing in Florida’s public schools, colleges, and universities, because education is the bridge that will lead millions into the middle class. And strengthening education doesn’t stop with better schools for our children. Democrats stand committed to improving worker retraining and technical education, because whether you are fifteen or fifty, you deserve a chance to succeed in the modern economy.