Dear charter school and school choice family,
We must urge Governor Rick Scott to vote #Yeson7069 and support our teachers, schools, and kids.
HB7069, approved by the House and Senate on May 8, 2017, covers a variety of issues that are important to charter schools and the students they serve, including local millage sharing to help level the funding gaps between charter and district-run schools, Title I changes, facility usage, bonuses for teachers, streamlining of teacher certification, and many other charter-friendly policies.
If the Governor vetoes HB7069 all that good policy is lost.
Please reach out to Governor Scott and urge him to support HB7069.
Here’s what you can do:
1) Sign an online petition: https://goo.gl/9fuPyo
2) call the Governor’s office: (850) 717-9337
3) Click here to email Governor Scott
4) Print this Yeson7069_postcard_mailout, add your personal note and mail it to Governor Scott.
Why the Florida Charter School Alliance and our member schools support HB7069:
- Require school districts to share local mileage funds with public charter schools. Local mileage is your property tax dollars. Charter school parents pay into this pot of money that’s used for facilities construction and maintenance but their child’s school doesn’t benefit from those funds. As the law reads now, districts may share mileage with charter schools but only Bay and Sarasota districts do.
- Eliminate the state’s Algebra II end-of-course assessment requirement.
- Expand and revise the Best & Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program to provide all “highly effective” teachers with a $1,200 bonus, and all “effective” teachers with an $800 bonus.
- Authorize a high-performing charter school to establish more than one charter school in any year if it operates in the area of a persistently low-performing school and serves students from that school.
- Eliminate a requirement that “value-added model” or VAM (student performance on state exams) be used in teacher evaluations. This is something teachers and administrators have pushed for.
- Streamlines the teacher temporary certificate application process. The goal is to encourage more professionals — especially those in the fields of Math and Science — to become educators.
- Require FDOE to study whether the ACT or SAT can be used in place of the state exams (like the FSA) required for high school graduation.
- Create a “schools of hope” program to encourage public charter schools with a track record of success serving low-income communities to come into areas with persistently low-performing district-run schools.