Dear Gov. Crist: Please veto the education budget language
Several groups of concerned parents, including Fund Education Now, the Florida PTA and 50th No More, have joined forces to urge Gov. Charlie Crist to reject the Legislature's spending plan for Florida public schools:
"This bill does not contain any language that benefits the children of Florida. Its constitutionality is also questionable. This document, which is supposed to address specific funding statutes, has been misused as a back-door way to pass laws and initiatives that were either never heard in committee or worse were dismissed or tabled, but have now been placed into the conforming bill anyway."
Some specific concerns include exempting charter schools from the class-size rules, expecting local school districts to collect higher percentages of local taxes and setting punitive penalties for failing to meet the class-size amendment.
"With your help, our kids and our state has a chance to correct the conforming bill and avoid unnecessary suffering and damage. We cannot allow our kids to be used and hurt by this process anymore. Please help us show our children, as you did with SB6 that standing up for them and for public education has value."
The governor has until the end of the week to act on the bill. Read the groups' letter and see if you agree with them.