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SCHOOL BOARD ELECTED

August 27, 2014

District 3 - Hazel Sellers

District 6 - Lynn Wilson

District 7 - Tim Harris

 

 

scott's history on education funding

August 21, 2014

After nearly four years in office, he is finally getting around to raising per-student spending in Florida’s public schools. Here’s what Andy Ford said to reporters: 

 

“The governor has a four-year record on spending for public education and it isn’t pretty. In his first year in office, the Legislature slashed spending for public education by $1.3 billion, though the governor proposed a much bigger cut. That resulted in a per-student spending cut of more than $600 per student." 

 

“As his bid for re-election has drawn nearer, he has begun to seek restoration of some of those cuts, though per-student spending in Florida is still lower than it was seven years ago. This proposal, which would have to be approved by the Legislature long after November’s election, seems very much like a desperate attempt to win votes to cover his record of neglect of public school students.”

 

As you can see, this year’s election is extremely important. Make sure you make your voice heard next week and this November to help us fight for our students!  

 

Corporate voucher program expansion is unwarranted

June 30, 2014

Florida Education Association (FEA) Vice President Joanne McCall criticized the expansion of the corporate voucher program signed into law today by Gov. Rick Scott.

 

“This expansion of corporate vouchers comes at the expense of our underfunded public schools,” McCall said. “Instead of investing to make every public school as good as it can be, the Legislature and the governor divert a rapidly growing chunk of taxpayer dollars into these voucher schools and the groups that run them.”

 

McCall noted the stark differences in what the state expects from public schools and voucher schools.

 

“Public schools face a strict accountability regimen that includes frequent testing, school grades and punitive actions for not meeting state mandates,” McCall said. “But taxpayer dollars flowing to voucher schools require very little accountability and can in no way be compared to what is required for public schools. This unfair dual system must stop.”

 

McCall said FEA was exploring its options about whether to challenge the voucher expansion in the courts.