Keep urging Governor Scott to Veto HB 7069! Our request is gaining traction.
Every major newspaper agrees and has written compelling op-eds asking for a veto. This is a numbers game, so keep reaching out to Gov. Scott.
The Senate passed HB 7069, the worst package of public education policies in Florida history, by a single vote. It was blatantly designed to accelerate the privatization of Florida public education.
This bad Corporate Charter Welfare policy robs districts of Title 1 money and grants charters a range of unfair advantages to aggressively tip the scales against district schools.
This summer HB 7069 will trigger the immediate transfer of 114 “D and F” public schools to out of state charters, entrusting them with the education of Florida’s most vulnerable students. All in the absence of any proof charter chains will produce turnaround success.
If that’s not enough, HB 7069 loads corporate charter chains with $140 million and so much power, its hard believe that there’s any love left among legislators for Florida’s 2.8 million public school children or their teachers.
House Speaker Corcoran produced HB 7069 along with Rep. Manny Diaz, Rep. Michael Bileca and Jeb’s lobbyists. They made sure HB 7069 was cross-pollinated with K12 education policy and tied to a budget that offered some good things such as recess to manipulate public sentiment. Predictably, Speaker Corcoran is shamelessly using recess to justify the damage his bad bill will cause.
House leadership made our kids pawns in Florida’s miserable backroom school “reform” game.
The 2017 session saw Speaker Corcoran’s promise of transparency dissolve into a closed circle of secrecy. All in the name of growing charters at the expense of district schools.
We must wake up to the overwhelming evidence that “Choice” is just old-school privatization.
If we don’t fight this, we will lose our public schools.
Read more about why Governor Scott must veto HB 7069 here.
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