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Jeff Greene On Education: Yes To Free Public Pre-K, No To Funding Charter Schools

Jeff Greene For Florida

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene entered the race barely three months before the primary. Now, the billionaire real estate titan is coming out strong on education. In a recent interview with WFSU’s Ryan Dailey, Greene called for two years of public pre-Kindergarten and talked charter schools among other topics.

Questions (with timestamps):

Where does your passion for education come from? – 0:00

If you had to lay out your education platform – what does that look like? 2:04

You briefly mentioned the school you founded, The Greene School in West Palm Beach. Can you tell me a little more about the school’s model? 3:55

I understand there’s a business bend to the curriculum at the Greene School. How do you teach business to kids coming up in today’s business climate – being an increasingly service economy and with things like automation now being a concern? 5:02

The four other candidates in the democratic gubernatorial race have all gone after charter schools as competition for traditional public schools. Do you have a position on that? How do you feel about charter schools, particularly in Florida? 6:54

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.