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Marco Rubio still teaching an FIU course, online



As he runs for re-election, Marco Rubio has continued to teach at Florida International University -- just not in person.

Rubio has co-taught an online fall course, according to the university and his campaign. The class, held for an hour a week on Wednesday evenings, is titled, "Topics in Politics -- the General Election."

"He participates live from home or on the campaign trail using a laptop," campaign spokeswoman Olivia Perez-Cubas said in a statement.

On Aug. 16, John F. Stack Jr., dean of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, sent Rubio a letter inviting him to work as a "visiting assistant scholar/science/engineer" for the three-credit class, which is co-taught by Dario Moreno and Sara Moats. The course enrolls more than 150 students.

Rubio has taught on and off at FIU for years, particularly with Moreno, a Republican pollster. He's getting paid $8,000, according to Stack's letter, which the Miami Herald obtained from FIU through a public records request. That's based on an annual salary rate of $24,000. Rubio makes $174,000 a year as a U.S. senator.

Rubio had taken a break from teaching when he entered the Republican presidential primary. He's now seeking reelection, facing a challenge from Democrat Patrick Murphy.

"Marco's work at FIU has been well-documented, students (and even reporters) have been impressed with his lectures," Perez-Cubas said. "He is glad to be in a 21-st century classroom for FIU."

It wasn't immediately clear how many classes Rubio has missed during the campaign  he must have skipped at least one: On Wednesday evening of last week, he was debating Murphy in Davie.

[Last modified: Friday, November 4, 2016 8:38am]


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