Former Opportunity Action Board Member Andrew Gillum’s Nomination is A Big Win for Public Education
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Democratic nomination for Florida governor last night. Pundits said it was impossible: recent polls had him at just 16 percent. But progressives across Florida and across the country came together to make a stunning upset victory.
Andrew’s victory is a major win for public education. As a former board member of Opportunity Action, Andrew aligns with our belief that a quality, public education is still the best path to equal opportunity. Florida’s education reform under Gov. Rick Scott has been a disaster. Widespread re-segregation through privatization and punitive high-stakes testing has failed children, parents, and teachers. Andrew is strongly opposed to unaccountable, for-profit charter schools who want to use public dollars to enrich their executives. In contrast, Andrew has proposed a $1 billion investment in public schools, students, and teachers to boost early childhood education, raise teachers’ starting salaries, restore public school construction funds, and increase vocational training.
Andrew’s victory is a win for all of us. Andrew Gillum rode a surge of support from young people and African-Americans to a stunning primary victory and the historic opportunity to be the first black governor in Florida’s history, lifting up the power of grassroots organizing. He had a well-received message of social justice that appealed to Florida’s growing diversity. This was made possible because of supporters like you who give to ensure that every child has an opportunity to learn.
The fight has just begun. Our movement is up against a hard-right pro-Trump opponent in the general election. Your gift will help Opportunity Action continue our work to ensure Florida becomes a national model in equitable education.
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