During campaign season, the FCSA shares shares information about candidates and election issues with our member schools. We do not endorse any candidate, however, we feel it’s important to let our stakeholders know what candidates are saying about charter schools and school choice.
“I do not support funneling public tax dollars to private religious organizations and charter schools,” says Florida House – District 52 candidate Phil Moore who is running in South Brevard County / West Melbourne.
Clearwater and Largo
Both candidates for House District 67 agree education is a priority, but disagree on what to do about it. Chris Latvala supports #schoolchoice; Dawn Douglas, not so much.
Dixie, Gilchrist and parts of Alachua County
In the Florida House District 21 race (coving all of Dixie and Gilchrist counties, as well as a portion of Alachua County), Democratic challenger Jason Haeseler “disagrees with providing PECO funding, which is meant for state educational facilities, to charter schools…”
Backed by the teachers’ union, retired Hillsborough School District administrator Bill Person is running for District 1 school board member seat. “In his current campaign, Person has taken a strong stand against charter schools.” – Tampa Bay Times, Nov. 2, 2018. District 1 includes West Tampa, Town ‘N Country, and the Northwest suburbs. His opponent, Steve Cona, supports parental choice.
Their approach to charter schools separates candidates Toledo and Bellanti in the race for House District 60 that includes parts of Town ‘n Country, South Tampa and coastal Hillsborough County. State Rep. Jackie Toledo said “the state needs to give parents and students alternatives to under-performing public schools.”
In the mid-Pinellas County area, Alex Heeren is running for the Florida House District 66. Heeren has an “issue with education measures pushed by the Legislature in recent years that have poured money into charter schools and private school voucher programs and added a membership threshold for teachers’ unions.”
Governor’s Race – Was Andrew Gillum ‘singing a different tune’ about charter schools at the Florida debate? – PolitiFact
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