Keep calling and emailing! Here are the FLPTA talking points. Call today and through the weekend, even after hours. Leave messages. The vote is MONDAY!

*Fund K-12 education at the Senate’s level – a record $7414.26 per pupil. Our children need and deserve more than the compromise budget, which decreases per pupil spending by $20/pupil.

*Pay for charter school construction and repairs using state, not local, capital dollars. Districts are required to use dollars based on need, meaning the money goes to the neediest schools. Charters will receive the money whether they need it or not leaving less money for our broken-down public schools.

*Respect local control of turnaround schools and charter school authorization. Allow school districts to participate in the allocation for “Schools of Hope”. We elect School Board members for a reason. (This is still a point of contention in the budget.)

*We need actual, not token, school accountability reform. (The compromise bill does minimal reform to our testing system. The original SB-926 was a step in the right direction.)

*Eliminate additional tests that are used for the sole purpose of evaluating teachers. Give districts the flexibility to create common sense teacher evaluations.

*Pass the real recess bill-SB 78. Give K-5 students a much needed break in their day.

If you don’t want all of them, tell them how you do not appreciate the $20/pupil cut and this budget’s failure to support public education!

• Speaker of the House – Representative Corcoran (850) 717-5000
• Senator Keith Perry, District 8
4650 NW 39 Avenue, Ste. C Gainesville, FL 32606-6090
District Phone: (352) 264-4040
Tallahassee Phone: (850) 717-5021
• Rep. Elizabeth Porter, District 10
678 SE Baya Drive Lake City, FL 32025-6038
District Phone: (386) 719-4600
Tallahassee Phone: (850) 717-5010
• Rep. Clovis Watson, Jr., District 20
2815 N.W. 13th Street, Suite 202 Gainesville, FL 32609-2865
District Phone: (352) 264-4001
Tallahassee Phone: (850) 717-5020
• Rep. Charles Wesley (Chuck) Clemons, Sr. District 21
105 SW 140 Court, Unit 1 Jonesville, FL 32669-3391
District Phone: (352) 313-6542
Tallahassee Phone: (850) 717-5021

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