The start of a new school year is an exciting time. We have some good news to report and some hard work ahead of us. First the good news: FundEducationNow.org is a plaintiff in a lawsuit that charges that the legislature is not meeting its paramount duty as stated in Article IX, section 1 of…Details
Session ended two weeks ago and Governor Crist signed the budget on Friday. He vetoed just under $500M and is still evaluating individual bills. Following is a recap of the important Education Bills. In the weeks ahead we will look at individual lawmakers, their voting records and the elections in November. Keep your eye on…Details
We need your help right now. In a bold and historic move, every significant education advocacy group, including the Florida PTA, SupportDadeSchools.net and 50th No More, has signed on to stand in collective opposition against House Conforming Bill 5101. Conforming bills exist to highlight the details of a budget. Today we are grateful to a leading…Details
You made a difference during this legislative session. Hundreds of thousands of calls, letters and emails made an impact. Your voices inspired Governor Crist to action. Because of your effort, he vetoed Senate Bill 6. That’s huge. What’s more important is that we did this together. We are a state-wide alliance of advocacy groups that…Details
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Then- click here to find the candidates that are currently running to be your Florida State Representative:
Soon, we will update this list with how your Representatives voted on SB 6.
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Copy and paste the list below into your email TO: field to send an email to the entire House of Representatives. We’ve just received word that the House server might block your email as spam if you send to more than 25 people at a time. Please send an email to each of the lists…Details
Our kids and teachers need us now more than ever. Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 7189 will destroy any chance we have of attracting and keeping the best and brightest teachers for our kids. SB 6 sponsored by Sen. John Thrasher, Republican Party Chairman, has passed the Senate. HB 7189 passed its first committee…Details
You may have never heard of Roberto Martinez but he has a lot to say about public education in Florida. Mr. Martinez is a member of the Florida Board of Education. A Georgetown Law graduate, he also holds a Masters in Accounting and a B.S. in Economics from the prestigious Wharton School of Business at…Details
This week, Kathleen Oropeza and Linda Kobert visited Bradenton to attend a meeting of parent representatives from local schools. Their group, headed by Christine Sket, has decided to join forces with FundEducationNow.org. About 40 parents in the Manatee school district formally merged with the group during the district’s Joint Parent Organization quarterly meeting on Tuesday.…Details
The White House released a report on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act last week. The study shows that the money saved 250,000 education jobs this year. 9% of Florida’s education budget is being propped up this year by Federal money. However, the crisis has not been averted. States nationwide are experiencing severe budget shortfalls…Details