Underwood unveils platform for education and healthcare

Congressional candidate Robert Underwood unveiled plans for the future of education and health services on Guam. The presentation started with the current state of education on Guam and centers on treating WiFi as a utility.

"Working with telecom companies, we can come up with creative solutions such as putting WiFi on every bus. WiFi is an essential part of life in the 21st century," said Underwood, former congressman and retired president of the University of Guam. "Some teachers are getting only 30 percent of their students regularly under the current system online. It's not just giving students tablets; we need to give them training. We need to move to a digital platform and go beyond standard textbooks."

The education platform intends to assist GDOE public schools, UOG, GCC, charter schools, and private schools.

  • A new educator expense tax deduction of $500 for teachers, to help with online learning.

  • Technology upgrades, capital improvement upgrades, and funding to keep schools safe for students and vandalism with security systems.

  • Incentivize lower tuition rates

  • Increase grants for Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) to provide mandatory funding to UOG and GCC similar to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions

  • Help offset tuition costs for college students in 2021

  • Student loan forgiveness option

  • Grant Compact of Free Association migrants' eligibility to get jobs in the federal work-study program

  • Double federal education grants to $400,000

  • Enhance UoG to create new economic activities that protect Guam's peop