Take Action: Tell your legislator to vote NO on HB 7055

House Bill 7055 takes aim at teacher contracts and creates more ways to funnel taxpayer dollars into vouchers for unaccountable private schools.

Speaker Corcoran is trying to force legislators to swallow this bitter bill by making ALL funding of K-12 education contingent on the passage of some form of HB 7055!

HB 7055 is now in the hands of the Florida Senate. We must stop HB 7055! There is no time to waste. It will be heard by the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Enter your address below to contact your legislator today and ask them to VOTE NO on HB 7055:

Tell your legislator to vote NO on Speaker Corcoran’s bill HB 7055!

It’s bad enough that Speaker Corcoran singled out “instructional personnel” in his attempt to restrict their FREEDOM to come together to have their voice heard — but now he is holding public education funding hostage just so he can take away your contract, hand more money to charter schools, and create more private school vouchers.

This is a new low!

Your contract protects your: wages, hours and number of work days, benefits, sick leave, planning time, a fair evaluation process, the right to protect yourself from unfair working conditions, mistreatment and so much more!

Read what happened in Wisconsin when their union lost their right to negotiate their contract:

A new report from the Center for American Progress finds that median salaries and benefits for teachers fell 12.6 percent, or about $11,000, between the passage of Act 10 [which restricted unions' collective-bargaining rights]and the 2015-16 school year.

Let your legislator know you are watching what is going on in Tallahassee and holding education funding hostage is wrong and will hurt our students.

On decertifying our local unions:

  • Our union is the voice of Florida’s educators and speaking out is how we advocate for what we, as trusted professionals, know students need. Educators’ working conditions are our students’ learning conditions. You cannot separate the two.

On vouchers:

  • Vouchers take scarce funding away from public schools and give it to private schools that are unaccountable to the public.
  • We should focus on in investing public schools, where 90 percent of children go, not diverting money from them for the 10 percent who go to private schools.
  • Vouchers only weaken our public schools, and even with vouchers, most parents still wouldn’t have the money to pay for private schools.

Instead of passing bills like HB 7055, legislators should think about:

  • There are many, proven ways to improve schools, such as reducing class sizes so that teachers can provide more one-on-one attention, offering a well-rounded curriculum, and increasing parental involvement. That’s how taxpayer funds should be spent.
  • Take a look at our best public schools and here’s what you’ll see: teachers who are certified to teach physics and calculus; counselors to help students make life-altering choices; caring and supportive staff who welcome families into the school; theater class; girls’ volleyball; a chemistry lab; classes that offer college credit; debate; robotics, foreign languages; music;] and much more. Rather than vouchers, we should support these programs because they unlock students’ potential and cultivate a lifelong love of learning.

Tell them to be good caretakers of our tax dollars:

  • At a time when our nation and our state face serious budget challenges, the last thing we need to do is spend scarce taxpayer dollars on vouchers for private/religious schools that are not accountable and pick and choose their students.
  • Voucher programs are using our tax dollars for unaccountable private schools and expenses. The schools are not required to meet any standards for accounting, education, or transparency.
  • We simply can’t afford to fund two different education systems—one private and one public—on the taxpayers’ dime.

You may also call your representative using the Florida AFL-CIO hotline: 855-235-2469

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