Challenge legislators and candidates to take the “KIDS FIRST” pledge and become the champion of the effort in their district.

I pledge to treat the protection and education of Florida’s children as one of my top legislative priorities.

Recognizing that Florida’s compensation of its personnel who are in direct daily contact with our children ranks too close to the bottom of comparisons among states,

And, recognizing that in order to recruit and retain competent personnel, legislative funding must be sufficient to pay competitive wages.

My efforts will include supporting significant increases in the funding of the compensation of:

  • K-12 Public Education instructional and support staff
  • Department of Children and Families (DCF) child protective investigators and caseworkers
  • Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) detention and probation officers

The test of the degree of success of my efforts will be whether future annual appropriations contain, at a minimum, double digit increases for K12- Public Education, the DCF and the DJJ.