Florida House: Stop PCB CIS 13-01
  • Petitioned Randolph Bracy

This petition was delivered to:

Florida House of Representatives, FL-045
Randolph Bracy
Florida House of Representatives, FL-103
Manny Diaz Jr.
Florida House of Representatives, FL-101
Shevrin Jones
Florida House of Representatives, FL-117
Kionne McGhee
Florida House of Representatives, FL-049
Joe Saunders
Florida House of Representatives, FL-059
Ross Spano
Florida House of Representatives, FL-022
Charlie Stone
Florida House of Representatives
Florida State House
Florida-091
State Rep. Irving Slosberg
Florida-076
State Rep. Ray Rodrigues
Florida-025
State Rep. Charles Hood
Florida-009
State Rep. Michelle Vasilinda
Florida-117
State Rep. Kionne McGhee
Florida-051
State Rep. Steve Crisafulli
Florida-120
State Rep. Holly Raschein

Florida House: Stop PCB CIS 13-01

    1. Stephanie Fuller
    2. Petition by

      Stephanie Fuller

      Casselberry, FL

PCB CIS 13-01 proposes that any schools which are closed be offered to charter schools, and that any at less than 50% capacity provide space to charter schools - all at NO COST to the charter school. In addition, it proposes that the school district pay to maintain the building at NO COST to the charter school. First, since some charter schools are operated by for-profit companies, enacting this legislation could result in a gross misuse of school district tax funds to offset costs and increase revenue for a for-profit industry - which is absolutely not the purpose of taxes or public facilities. In addition, school districts which are facing budget crises need to have options to resolve financial difficulties.This bill effectively removes those options, which could force school districts into insolvency if they are forced to maintain charter schools' facilities at the expense of the quality of education for children in Florida's public schools. As a concerned parent, Florida citizen, and as a taxpayer, I strongly oppose this proposed bill, and I urge you to do the same. You can, and must, do better by Florida's childen than to mortgage their futures to a for-profit charter school industry.

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    1. Acceptable Compromise

      Stephanie Fuller
      Petition Organizer

      I think an acceptable compromise would be that an interested charter school would, in a case like LES's, have the right to submit a proposal to the school board for taking over the LES campus, but that the school board would be able to consider BOTH the charter school proposal and the sale of the campus, and do what, in their judgement, is best for their district. To do as the amended bill mandates now still takes viable options out of the hands of the local elected school board officials, and by extension, the local communities they serve.

    2. Amendment 3 was adopted instead

      Stephanie Fuller
      Petition Organizer

      It looks like Amendment 3 was adopted instead of amendment 12. This amendment 3 shifts the responsibility of the maintenance costs to the charter school (if I am reading it correctly). So that is half the battle. However, I do still believe that we should continue this petition because school property should be allowed to be disposed of as the elected school board feels is appropriate. If, for example, Seminole County (probably why these clauses were added in there) were able to find a buyer for the Longwood Elementary campus (the pic for this petition is LES), then shouldn't the Seminole County School Board be able to schedule a vote on the sale, listen to input from concerned parents, taxpayers, and community members, and then vote on the issue as we elected them to do? If they were able to execute such a sale, and the money would go back into the remaining Seminole County schools' budgets, then isn't that exactly what should happen?

    3. Amendment 12 Withddrawn

      Stephanie Fuller
      Petition Organizer
    4. Meeting on Wednesday

      Stephanie Fuller
      Petition Organizer

      The committee held a meeting on this proposed bill on Wednesday. In reading the meeting packet, I see amendment 12, which says to delete the lines in the proposed bill that this petition is about. Does anyone know how to tell if amendment 12 was adopted?

      http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?PublicationType=Committees&CommitteeId=2711&Session=2013&DocumentType=Meeting%20Packets&FileName=hoice%20and%20Inn.%20Sub%20ONLINE_REVISED%202-6-13.pdf

    5. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Mari Jo Clark LONGWOOD, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      The budget given to school districts should be used for public schools, not to provide rent free facilities to for-profit organizations. Law makers need to stop finding ways to cut and undermine the school budgets.

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    • Kathleen Weaver CLERMONT, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      Charter Schools using our Tax dollars should never have been started in Florida, now giving them free schools that at tax payer expense is wrong. If it isn't against our State Constitution it should be.

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    • SHARON DOHERTY ORLANDO, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      Our districts are desperately trying to use their dwindling tax dollars MORE efficiently for the EDUCATION of our CHILDREN,! Respect (as Government for the people) their wish choices. Do Not interfere or mandate their use of saved Public EDUCATION monies. Florida government step up and STOP this profit making mob from making Any more moves ON THE BACKS OF OUR CHILDREN and TEACHERS.

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    • Laura Sokolowski ASTATULA, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      This is just plain wrong and I sincerely hope that you REALLY think about it.

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    • Lynne Moore ORMOND, FL
      • about 1 year ago

      concerned citizen..opposing this proposed bill

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