Miami-Dade County Council PTA/PTSA’s (every child. one voice.) call to action on budget conforming bill HB 7069

May 15, 2017

Good morning,    

I am calling on each and every one of you to respond to Florida PTA’s call to action on budget conforming bill HB 7069. While this bill has some good provisions, on balance it would prove disastrous for our public schools and for our students.

Please contact the Governor and ask him to VETO HB 7069.

Governor Rick Scott:
Phone: (850)488-7146

Thank you for acting on behalf of your child and every child. Please feel free to share this message.

Nancy Lawther
VP of Advocacy and Legislation
MDCC PTA/PTSA
 

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The Florida PTA statement on HB 7069 is below.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 12, 2017
 
Contact Information:
Cindy Gerhardt, President
407-855-7604
FAX 407-240-9577
 
After much deliberation, the Florida PTA has decided to ask Governor Scott to veto conforming bill 7069. This was not an easy decision.  We have great respect for our legislators and the difficult decisions that they are tasked with making.  Many have worked alongside PTA this year to draft and move positive legislation through committees and we thank them for their support and partnership.
While there are many good policies in this bill like sensible testing reform, parent-friendly testing reports, daily recess, and important early learning initiatives, conforming bill 7069 still leaves too many of our most vulnerable children behind. Unfortunately, late added provisions will diminish parent engagement, lessen restrictions on charter school accountability, limit the ability for school districts to turnaround struggling schools, and reduce district flexibility to prioritize Title 1 funding.
We must fight for the transparency that was promised.  We must fight for the right of every parent to make an informed choice.  We must fight to ensure that parents have a seat at the decision-making table.
Those who know our 120 year history and long-standing commitment to child advocacy and volunteering will understand why Florida PTA members are calling for the Governor to veto 7069 and find a better solution for our kids.
Florida PTA comprises hundreds of thousands of families, students, teachers, administrators and business and community leaders devoted to improving the lives of children/youth in our state. PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in the state of Florida, as well as the nation. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children. More information is available by contacting Florida PTA (407/855-7604 or executive.director@floridapta.org).
 

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