The Florida legislature set a dangerous precedent this year. One that will no doubt be repeated in GOP-controlled states across the nation. Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron under scrutiny from Gov. Scott negotiated every major public education policy into HB 7069 and designed the K-12 budget under a transactional cloak of darkness…Details
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Thank you for engaging and working so hard to spread the #VetoHB7069 message. You are public education heroes and are responsible for sending at least 150K emails to Gov. Scott and the Senate, regardless of the political spin. …Details
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Our kids need you now! Keep writing and calling Gov. Scott to ask him to VETO HB 7069. Late Monday evening it was officially confirmed that Scott has HB 7069. He has until June 27th to veto the bill or sign it into law. Email Gov. Scott. Ask him to Veto 7069. Call Gov. Scott: 850.488.7146…Details
The scariest news of all about HB 7069 is a Miami Herald report that Sen. David Simmons has written a “fix” for HB 7069 after being one of the few Republicans who voted against it. The only thing that will make HB 7069 better is a veto. Speaker Corcoran has delayed giving Gov. Scott HB…Details
Richard Corcoran thinks he’s a monarch not the Speaker of the Florida House. He feels entitled to negotiate budgets and train bills in secrecy. He thinks nothing of calling teachers “downright evil.” He and his cronies, the Koch Bros., lambaste “corporate welfare” when it comes to Enterprise Florida but plow $200M into the blatant corporate Charter welfare “Schools of…Details
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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The Florida Legislature left a mighty mess in its wake. …Details