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Eakins and Stuart: Veto the schools bill

Here's the letter Hillsborough Superintendent Jeff Eakins and School Board Chairwoman Cindy Stuart sent this week to Gov. Rick Scott about House Bill 7069.

It pulls no punches, and forget about any notion that Hillsborough has been selling out to the charter school movement.

In this instance, they take a hard line against charter operators receiving discretionary capital tax funds, or being invited in to build "schools of hope" as alternatives to low-performing district schools.

"The Legislature has written a series of blank checks of totally unliminted amounts payable to charter school operateors and drawn on the bank accounts of the local property taxpayers," the letter says. 

The letter lists Title I antipoverty programs that would be endangered of the bill becomes law. These include after-school programs, summer school and parent engagement activities.

It also takes issue with the process by which the bill was crafted, calling it "the classic poorly constructed Legislative Train, amalgamating over two dozen, often un-related bills, including some that had no hearing  and one that was killed in a Senate Committee."

Eakins and Stuart join a long list of school district leaders and education advocacy organizations that are pressuring Scott to veto the measure.  

[Last modified: Friday, May 19, 2017 6:19pm]


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