Supporting students, teachers, and quality parental choice is the right thing to do
Tallahassee, FL – May 8, 2017 – The 2017 Florida legislative session has been extended so lawmakers can vote on the State Budget and several related bills dealing with public education. The vote is schedule for this afternoon.
Released on Friday, the budget is good for teachers, parents, and communities who are stuck with chronically failing schools. It also attempts to bring more equity to K-12 public education funding — by permitting charter school to share local mileage. Charter school parents pay into local mileage but only a few districts in Florida permit those funds to follow public school students who attend charter schools.
“Lawmakers are encouraged by charter schools’ academic successes, and the incredible support we’re received from parents over the last twenty years. They are committed to continue to support quality school choice, parental choice, teachers, and students,” said Ralph Arza, FCSA’s Director of Governmental Affairs about the budget and HB 7069.
Pro teachers, student and parent points included in the proposed budget:
- Provides bonuses for all highly effective & effective teachers in our state (replacing the VAM score requirement).
- Removes the cap on high-performing charter school systems who wish to replicate.
- Encourages “Hope” operators to help communities that have failing and consistently low-performing schools.
- Adds unstructured recess to help K-5 students remain focused and on-task in the classroom.
- Eliminate some state tests.
- Create parent-friendly testing reports.
- Addresses funding inequity by permitting a shared mileage.
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