Defeat House Bill 7119 because it destroys School Readiness Programs
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Tell the Florida Senate to

Defeat House Bill 7119 because it destroys School Readiness Programs

    1. Richard Cuff
    2. Petition by

      Richard Cuff

      Jacksonville, FL

• This Bill eliminates school age children from receiving school readiness funding even if they are related to children participating in the birth to five initiative. This would mean removing thousands of children ages 6-8 from care on June 30th and passing that cost onto low income parents.
• It eliminates the adoption by Office of Early Learning of a statewide monitoring tool for providers (this leaves little or no accountability for the provider to require they offer an early learning program and not just babysitting. Private corporations and big dollar investors will take our tax dollars!)
• It removes authority to implement a rating and improvement systems currently allowed in 411.01 and delineates exactly what we can spend our Quality funds on. It does not include Rating and Improvement systems!
• With this language there could be no spending of quality funds on quality rating programs. Which means childcare centers would not be held accountable for insuring our children are ready to learn when they get to public school.
• Children as early as three years old are developing dental and vision problems, but this bill places severe limitations on child screening leaving it up to the provider or parent to decide if a screening is needed. (This will result in missed opportunities to identify and intervene with special needs, dental, vision, hearing, speech, etc. We currently have authority to do a developmental and health screen on all School Readiness children…..we catch them early!)
• It eliminates the list of approved curricula and curricula review process ( leaves the selection of curriculum totally up to the provider w/no accountability that the curriculum they use actually addresses the state standards)
• This bill attempts to eliminate the volunteers who help advocate for our children and leaves their future up to business interested only in profits at the expense of our children’s future.

 

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    1. Reached 50 signatures
    2. Here's a truly amazing and inspiring performance

      Richard Cuff
      Petition Organizer

      When children get a quality education their natural tanelts and unique gifts automatically shine through. The attached link is to a video of a young man in London and although he is not in this country, he does speak a universal language and proves that our children are worth fighting for.

    3. Reached 25 signatures
    4. Raising the bar again!!

      Richard Cuff
      Petition Organizer

      Our new target is 1,024 signatures as we have connected with a group of childcare workers and parents who will work with us to get the word out. Advocating on behalf of someone else is quite unnatural and sometimes defies logic. But there is no question that the our chidren need us to speak up for them every minute of the day.

      Thank you for your support.

      Richard

    5. Reached 10 signatures
    6. Congratulations... We did it!!

      Richard Cuff
      Petition Organizer

      Why am I celebrating just 8 signatures? Because I know that 8 can double to 16, therefore I can raise the bar and move our target to the next doubling post of 32 signatures. With your help, we'll raise the bar again when we hit the 16 signature mark. Remember, I am counting the hour as a cycle of doubling our number of signatures. So far we are into hour/cycle #5. If we continue to double our numbers every hour, we can have 1,048,576 signatures in just 21 hours, even it takes more than a couple days.

      You have taken the first step of signing the petition, now if each one will reach two, we will prove that a mouse can truly move a mountain.

      Richard

    7. Reached 5 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Andrew Bruck JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I teach music to children aged 3 to 16. This is a fantastic opportunity for them. Research bears out the numerous benefits that accrue to children who have exposure to the arts: improved chance of graduating, of going to college, better attendance, improved self-esteem, clear connection between effort and result.

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    • Shonton Burton JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I do not want my children nor any other child the option to excell period! We cannot with good consciousness allow this to happen, our children are our future without proper tools then how on earth will they be prepared to fight!

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    • Sarah Rose Stewart PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      This bill limits resources that are necessary for our children. We need to keep the future in mind as much as our concerns about the present.

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    • Bita Haynes PONTE VEDRA, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Prevention is the best economic, medical, and psychological remedy. Putting tax payer dollars to opening more prisons instead of schools is illogical and masked discrimination towards economically disenfranchised communities. The prisons want to grow (their bank accounts), so they lobby Washington, DC for more funding by using the dropout rates in ELEMENTARY school to forecast the need to build new prisons. How is it that we don't have money for education, but are willing to spend money to lock up people after the community, parents, and schools have failed them? China and India are waiting for us to fail our children's education....

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    • Richard Cuff JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      This is the Career Politician's Plan:

      Step One - Drug test all Florida welfare recipients – Done!

      Step Two - Privatize all Florida prisons – Done!

      Step Three - Destroy Florida's School Readiness Programs – In the works!

      Step Four - Give tax payers' dollars to lobbyist and special interest by the billions! – Only if we let them!

      Who knows what the next step is. I'm doing this because we've got to put an end to the games that politicians are playing with our children's future success.

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