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Rod Jurado of CSUSA did not like my article in the Gainesville Sun: Consequences of School Choice.  I described what is happening to local schools and neighborhoods as choices proliferate and funding decreases.  I also mentioned that CSUSA, a for-profit charter management company has submitted a proposal to Alachua County Schools.

Mr. Jurado argued, ineffectively, that charters out perform public schools.  I disagreed.  Here’s the response I submitted as a Letter to the Editor.

 

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New Education Funding Bill Filed

Representative Manny Diaz has filed HB 3A that does the following:

  • decreases local required effort from property taxes by over $1.5 million.
  • increases the state’s base student allocation from sales taxes by $43.24 from the 2016-17 allocation.

Allocations for other programs are similar to the prior measures.  This bill does very little to help public schools and less than Governor Scott requested.

Mostly this bill appears to borrow from Peter to pay Paul.  While the state portion of the per student funding (FEFP) that Governor Scott vetoed would increase slightly, the local funding would decrease.  FEFP covers school operational activities like instruction, but it does not cover the capital outlay funds for building construction and maintenance.

Keep up the pressure!

 

 

Have you told Governor Scott to Veto HB 7069?

The revisions Governor Scott proposed to the 2017 budget fall short.  Our public schools have to maintain their air conditioning, roofs and science labs.  We cannot divert money to privately owned charter facilities.  As Governor Scott has said in his other veto messages this year,

 “The following is vetoed because there is not a clear statewide return on investment for the renovation (or construction) of a facility not owned by the state.”

Charter schools are not owned by the state.  Ask Governor Scott to veto sharing local property taxes for public schools with privately owned charters.  Dividing the same amount of money among more schools only ensures no school is adequately funded.

SEND YOUR MESSAGE TO:  Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com

 

 

Veto List Has Some Bright Spots but HB 7069 Not On It

Some specific items on Governor Scott’s veto list include:

 

 

 

  • KIPP charter schools in Jacksonville special allocation of $500,000 plus $724,000
  • School funding FEFP ( to be renegotiated during the special session to increase by $200 million or about $100 per student.)
  • HB 2877 Teach for America $1,403,750
  • Principal autonomy Pilot Project

There are also several special programs that made the veto list.  All of these items will be reviewed during the special session.  As of now, HB 7069 has not been vetoed.

 

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