|A message from Ralph Arza and Lynn Norman-Teck|
|April 11, 2019 – On behalf of the close to 300,000 public charter school students in Florida, their families, and teachers, we thank State Representative Bryan Avila, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Committee members for supporting students and teachers. |
Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee passed a proposal that puts students, parents, and teachers first. Their proposal – PCB WMC 19-02 – would require School Districts to share voter-approved tax revenue funds with public charter schools.
During the last election, voters in various counties – including Miami Dade and Palm Beach – approved a tax referendum to fund safe schools initiatives and teacher salaries. All the proposed tax referendums were approved by voters, however, a majority of schools districts decided to exclude public charter school students and their teacher from receiving critical dollars generated by the referendums.
The Florida Charter School Alliance worked with districts and member schools around the state to address this inequity and has continued to advocate for the sharing of tax dollars with all students. A poll we conducted earlier this year showed that 52% of voters support the Legislature and Governor stepping in on behalf of public charter school students and teachers to ensure that the tax funds are divided equally. This is exactly what happened this week when the House Ways and Means Committee passed a proposal that would require School Districts to share the voter-approved tax revenue with public charter schools — their teachers and the students they serve.
The FCSA fully supports this proposal and all efforts to ensure all public school students and teachers are treated equitably.
We are very grateful to House Speak Olivia, Members of the Ways and Means Committee, and lawmakers for supporting equity in funding for all students, parents, and teachers.
Update as of April 12, 2019: Referred to Appropriations Committee and Now in Appropriations Committee HB 7123 – Taxation – 2019
Provides criteria for determining value of tax exemptions for charitable use of certain hospitals; provides application requirements for tax exemptions on certain properties; reduces taxes levied for use of real property; amends timing of distribution of moneys to counties related to hurricanes; specifies contribution deadlines for an insurance premium tax credit; requires reduction in school district administrative charge under specified conditions; revises timing for insurance premium tax credits; allows insurance premium tax credit amounts to be applied retroactively; provides school district voted operating millage levies be shared with charter schools; provides temporary tax exemption for certain property related to disaster preparedness & for retail sale of school supplies; provides an appropriation. Read staff analysis here.
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