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The State has an obligation under the Florida Constitution to provide a proper and safe education to all children. I am proud of Broward and Palm Beach Counties’ continuing growth. As your Senator, I work hard to find opportunities to improve, and I do this through meeting constituents, local organizations and schools.

 

 

 

Last week, I met with Family Promise of South Palm Beach County, a volunteer run organization that serves the homeless by providing meals, hospitality, job and housing searches, financial planning assistance, resume writing, and parenting needs.  Family Promise transports guests from host congregations in the area to the Day Center, where guests have access to phone services, a computer, and a mailing address to assist with the housing and employment searches. Our community is so fortunate to have such devoted volunteers and community leaders dedicating their lives to work with the most vulnerable populations. Homelessness is a complex problem, and supporting those who wish to work and provide for themselves and their families is a solution that benefits all of us.

 

With volunteers at Family Promise of South Palm Beach County

With volunteers at Family Promise of South Palm Beach County

I had the opportunity to join the Delray Beach Village Academy Forum on Education last Wednesday, where I spoke about the importance of K-12 education and areas for future growth. Not too long ago, Village Academy expanded its middle and high school programs, and has continued to impact the Delray Beach community in immeasurable ways by working with at-risk youth. I presented three students with awards for their excellent essays discussing their educational experiences in Delray Beach. These talented students have great potential to succeed, and I was deeply impressed by the positive influence they have on their peers as they lead in academic excellence. Our K-12 education is the fiber of academic training, and it has the ability to build the self-confidence needed to carry students to post-secondary education and into the workforce. Proper training for our youngest citizens is the key to prepare them for their future success, and it is never something that should be compromised.

Our higher education institutions are getting stronger.  As always, I am working closely with Broward College to see how higher education and training for our workforce can continually improve. I met with Broward College President J. David Armstrong, Board of Trustees Chair  Sean Guerin, and the Broward County Delegates to discuss the future of the college that serves 67,000 students. The dedicated leaders of Broward College are working tirelessly to provide access to academic excellence for the community, and I am proud to be working with them in this effort.

Finally, I want to welcome to this year’s incoming FAU Medical School Class of 2017. I wish this class the best of luck as they begin their medical training and pursue a profession for which we here in Florida have a rising demand. Florida’s population is growing rapidly, and so are our healthcare needs. For this reason, I fought to secure nearly $1.5 million for FAU’s academic development and medical school funding. We will certainly benefit greatly from access to well-trained medical professionals right here in our community.

Presenting an award to Geovani Martinez of Atlantic High School for his outstanding essay.

Presenting an award to Geovani Martinez of Atlantic High School for his outstanding essay.

I am a firm believer that every ounce of energy and every dollar committed to our educational institutions is a direct investment in Florida’s economic development and security. I see how supportive Broward and Palm Beach County citizens are of our local nonprofit and educational institutions, and it inspires me to fight even harder for the betterment of our education system through effective policies and funding.