The Florida Education Association is running a campaign this month, encouraging parents, teachers, students, and anyone who supports public education to reach out to our legislators.
Florida is currently 41st in the nation in per-student funding for grades K-12, 49th in K-12 spending as a percentage of personal income, and 45th in teacher pay. We are also 50th in the nation in funding for mental health care for adults and children. The statewide teacher shortage is predicted to get worse if we don’t start providing our teachers and our schools with the resources and support they need to be successful.
Ways you can help:
- Please wear #REDforED the first Monday of each month and post a selfie showing your support for teachers (tag ACCPTA on Facebook as well).
- Send a postcard (ideally the first week of March, when legislative session starts in Tallahassee, but any time would help), edged in red, to your legislators to let them know that you want them to fully fund our schools. Be sure to send the cards to their Tallahassee location.
- Alachua County’s Education Association (ACEA) is hosting a postcard-making party at the ACAE offices (618 NW 13th St), March 3, 2 – 3:30 pm. Please join them if you are able. They are also holding signs from 3:30 – 6:60 pm on March 4.
- Join FL PTA’s Voter Voice to receive action alerts during legislative session (March through May) and be a part of our collective voice.
- Join ACCPTA’s email list to receive additional updates.