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February 18, 2013

Received via Florida Public Employees e-mail February 13, 2013 from Fund Education Now


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Governor Scott’s proposed budget signals his funding priorities to the Florida Legislature.  We are pleased that he included $1.2 billion for public education to begin restoring the nearly $5 billion that has been slashed in recent years by politicians.

The fate of Governor Scott’s proposed budget depends entirely on the 2013 Florida Legislature which opens March 5th and ends on May 3rd.  Unfortunately, House and Senate politicians are under no obligation to act on the Governor’s suggestions.

Click here to tell Senate President Gaetz and Speaker of the House Weatherford to invest in our children and their schools.

Governor Scott now believes that investing in teachers and education is the key to Florida’s economic growth.  Every parent knows that actions speak louder than words.

Nearly six years ago the parents of Florida started this conversation as a way to hold politicians accountable. Our children are depending on us to keep it going. Scott’s effort to add funding and invest in our children and their public schools is an encouraging step.

Please contact Governor Scott to thank him for thinking of our children and their schools. Encourage him to keep his veto pen handy. Ask House Speaker Gaetz and Senate President Weatherford to use their leadership power to pass this $1.2 billion for public education in the final budget this May.

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Skepticism for SB736 in the Florida Senate

Skepticism Over SB 736

January 24, 2013

By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings

Rick Scott told FOX News host Neil Cavuto after SB736 was past, “It’s going to be great.”

Not so much. Changes are already being considered. Bush Foundation CEO Patricia Levesque wants to add student surveys into the calculus and is floating the idea around. Senate Education chairman John Legg has said his committee will be considering changes to the bill. The committee’s vice chair was more poignant. This from Travis Pillow in theTallahassee Democrat:

State Sen. Bill Montford, a Democrat from Tallahassee, has a broader range of concerns with the law.

He said placing new teachers on one-year contracts for the rest of their careers undermines their job security and could make it more difficult to attract new people to the teaching profession.

“The damage it’s doing we won’t see until five, six years down the road, when we don’t have the good qualified applicants coming into teaching,” Montford told the gathering of school administrators.

People may not take jobs in education for the money, he said, but “there’s limit to how far people will sacrifice.”

This is at odds with something else Scott said after SB736 was passed. More from Pillow:

“We must recruit and retain the best people to make sure every classroom in Florida has a highly effective teacher,” Scott said in a statement after signing the bill at a Jacksonville charter school.

Just how much Scott has become embarrassed about all this is unclear. It turned out that the KIPP charter school he signed the bill earned an F. The chairman of that KIPP school, Gary Chartrand, was named by Scott to the Florida Board of Education. Chartrand now is state board chairman. The first roll-out of SB736 this year turned out to be another disaster. The hearings in Legg’s and Montford’s committee will provide more fireworks.

Meanwhile a legal challenge to SB736 is underway in a Tallahassee courtroom.

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