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I believe that every child, regardless of what neighborhood they grow up in or how much their parents make, should receive a quality, affordable education. In Congress, I’ll fight to make sure that's a reality.

We need to close the achievement gap and equip all students with the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century economy. To do so, we must fully fund our public schools, expand access to early childhood education, reduce class sizes, ensure students have the resources needed for learning, and retain our best teachers in the profession.

Decreasing the cost of higher education and expanding access to alternative pathways – like community college and vocational training - is key to keeping America and Suffolk County economically competitive and successful. In Congress, I’ll fight to expand efforts, like those already underway in New York state, to provide tuition free education at public colleges and universities for middle class families. I’ll also fight to fully fund federal tuition assistance programs – like Pell Grants – and provide student loan relief by helping Long Islanders refinance existing student loans at lower rates.

“It's time Long Island had a strong voice to fight for high-paying jobs, affordable health care, high-quality education and clean air and water.”Perry GershonCandidate for Congress, NY-1