We must urge the governor to veto HB 7069 and SB 2500, the state budget, because of the disastrous impact both would have on Florida’s public schools.
The budget that the Legislature passed will starve our public schools and shortchange the teachers and school employees struggling to make our schools work.
Legislative leaders promised voters that the budget process would be “transparent.” This process was anything but transparent. Even more despicable, they included “sweeteners” in HB 7069 attempting to tie the hands of legislators — forcing them to vote the bill up or down with no opportunity to amend or change it during Monday’s final vote.
Everyone — superintendents, school districts, educators and even parents — called on the Legislature to reject this harmful education package. But the Legislature refused.
Don’t let lawmakers get away with manipulating our legislative process and starving our public schools. The Legislature has the money to properly fund our public schools – they are just choosing not to.
Enter your address below to call or email Gov. Scott today and tell him to VETO both HB 7069 and SB 2500 – the state budget:
Don’t let legislators get away with manipulating our democratic process and starving our public schools. Tell Gov. Scott that our students deserve better!
Call the governor today and urge him to VETO both HB 7069 and SB 2500 (the state budget bill).
HB 7069 — negotiated in secret behind closed doors — cynically ties popular changes like more recess, elimination of some tests and optional use of the VAM to yet another sketchy teacher bonus scheme and an education budget that won’t even come close to meeting the needs of our students.
Among other things, HB 7069:
- Strips local school districts of spending flexibility, reducing their ability to effectively address student needs.
- Creates yet another hollow teacher bonus scheme tied to the faulty evaluation system — instead of funding pay raises for all education employees.
- Allows charter schools to take Title I funds from traditional public schools — that could lead to program cuts at the schools that can least afford them.
HB 2500 – the state budget — will:
- Reduce the base funding for each student (BSA) by $27.07 (or minus 0.65 percent). In fact, the proposed 2017-2018 BSA is lower than the 2007-2008 BSA — a decade ago.
- Offer the lowest increase in overall funding since 2011-2012, providing just $241.4 million statewide or 1.2 percent.
- Fail to reach per student funding levels seen almost a decade ago. In 2007-2008, per student funding was $7,305. This proposed budget would be less at $7,220.72. And that doesn’t take into account that inflation has risen since that $7,305 mark a decade ago.
- Take away the funding our schools should be getting because of the growth in property values.