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Change Florida State Statute 1012.01 to Include Certified Preschool Teachers

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We are a grassroots teacher advocacy group endorsing equality for teachers assigned to PK  classes in public schools.  We are working with Florida legislators to promote a bill that addresses the inequalities state-certified PK teachers, teaching in public schools are confronted with because we are not defined as a “classroom teacher” according to F.S.S. 1012.01.  Based upon the implementation of this statute, Florida state currently excludes PK teachers from receiving various incentives and qualifying for certain retirement options. Our objective is to be included in our state’s definition of “classroom teacher” as per F.S.S. 1012.01. For the purpose of this petition, PK is inclusive of all preschool children taught by state- certified teachers in public schools, ages 3-5. We would appreciate your support of early childhood education and those that teach it by signing this petition