Robbing Pinellas teachers and kids to subsidize charter schools

Pinellas voters should pay particular attention to the Florida Legislature over the next two weeks. Lawmakers are poised to cut every classroom teacher’s pay in Pinellas County by $325. They are positioned to cut funding for the school district’s art, music, reading and technology programs by more than a half-million dollars. They are prepared to defy the intent of Pinellas voters who tax themselves to pay for those improvements to our schools. Of course, the legislators behind HB 7123 don’t describe their intentions that way. They argue they are just being fair by requiring school districts to share special property tax money approved by the voters with charter schools, which receive public money but are privately run.

Robbing Pinellas teachers and kids to subsidize charter schools