FEA calls for increased Florida education funding
The Florida Education Association has launched two video ads online and in the Tallahassee market, calling on state lawmakers to improve public education funding.
Deeming the state's current situation "on the brink of a crisis," the state's largest teachers union uses evocative language to make its point. The group says lawmakers have starved the schools of needed funds, resulting in the suffering of students and teachers.
The ads emerge shortly after the Florida House and Senate approved dramatically different education budget proposals, with the Senate recommending more than $500 million more than the House. Comparisons have shown Florida consistently near the bottom of the nation in per-student education spending.
"Students are at the center of everything we do. That's why we are fighting for students and for better public schools," union president Joanne McCall said in a released statement. "We're fighting against too many tests that do nothing to help our children and working to ensure that our schools and students have the resources they need for success."