Palm Beach County, FL – July 17, 2017 – The Palm Beach County School Board will discuss and vote on the possibility of joining Broward County in a lawsuit to challenge HB7069 during their meeting on Wednesday, July 19 at 5 p.m. at the School Board of Palm Beach County, 3300 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach.
The Florida Charter School Alliance is encouraging its member schools and their parents to contact school board members and attend the meeting to speak up in support of HB7069 and the language in the bill that provides funding equity for all public school students – whether they attend a charter or district-run school.
- Charter schools are public schools.
- The 20,000 students who attend public charter schools in Palm Beach are their students too.
- Board members were elected to work on behalf of all public school students in the county.
- Charter school parents are tax payers who contribute to the local mileage yet the lawsuit aims to continue to withhold those funds from their children, their teachers, and schools – merely because they attend charter schools.
- The penny tax that recently passed in Palm Beach County will raise an estimated $1.3 billion for public education but not a cent will go to students who attend a public charter school. Charter schools did not challenge this.
“The lawsuit is wrong,” said Lynn Norman-Teck, charter school parent and Executive Director of the Florida Charter School Alliance. “The lawsuit is an attempt to choke parental choice and penalize families who choose to attend a public charter school. Education dollars, whether allocated by the state or raised locally, should be allotted to the child they are earmarked for and not find their way into courtrooms in an effort to maintain a funding formula that treats one select group of students better than others. We respect a school board’s right as constitutional officers to challenge any law. However, we ask that they consider this…is this lawsuit about protecting a system or about protecting the rights of children?”