Master in Arts, Educational Psychology, Eastern Kentucky University, 1972
Master of Arts, Secondary Education, Eastern Kentucky University, 1971
Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education, Eastern Kentucky University, 1970
Civic Organizations (limit 75 words)
COMPACT-Student Mentoring Board 1998-Present
Winter Park Chamber of Commerce-Education Committee-1997-2000
President, Leadership Winter Park- 2004
Leadership Central Florida
Please describe your positions on the legislative responsibility for protecting the public interest in the Education, Health Care and Criminal Justice systems. Do you have any specific proposals to improve these systems? (limit 150 words)
I think that we need to ensure that every student has the opportunity to explore and indulge in curriculum that matches up with their individual talents and interests, that leads to available medium to high wage occupations. I think that the responsibility of the legislature is to make sure that opportunity is available to all kids. This ties into a students ability to get a good job, which leads to a strong future and good healthcare packages. We need to stop the classroom to prison pipeline that feeds our penal systems, and those who are in prison deserve the opportunity to succeed after prison through training at our technical colleges that can provides them with a career to lead to a bright future.
Over 500,000 working poor Florida citizens remain without health insurance. Would you support tapping federal dollars to cover these people? If not, what kind of plan do you support? (limit 150 words)
Absolutely. We need to take care of our working poor citizens by expanding gap coverage. Healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and all our citizens deserve to be affordable, accessible health care.
An estimated 300,000 people died from gun violence between 2004 and 2014. Here at home in Orlando, the June 12 nightclub shooting saw 49 people killed, and 50 more wounded. Do you support or oppose a state ban on assault weapons and/or more thorough background checks? (limit 150 words)
I support a ban on assault weapons and thorough mandatory background checks. The tragedy of the Pulse Nightclub shooting brought this issue to our backyard, and we must do better to ensure the safety and security of our citizens.