Invest in public education now!

Governor Rick Scott

One lawmaker summed up the problem before the budget passed: “The base student allocation pays to keep the school doors open and is the operational budget. The cost of doing business is not covered by 47 cents. Florida school districts will have to cut programs and will have to find a way to save money and scrape by.”

This is a crisis that must be addressed now.

We’re losing teachers and support staff at an alarming rate. We’re afraid the 2018-2019 school year will have hundreds of thousands of students without a qualified classroom teacher if the governor and legislators don’t put additional dollars in the 2018-2019 budget.

Public education is stuck with a measly increase of 47 cents per student in the new budget - this is not enough to cover increases in basic costs.

The effects will be devastating to our schools.

Whether there’s a special session called for gambling or not, deal our schools in. The Florida Education Association calls on Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders to address the shortfall in education funding before the start of the next fiscal year.

With political will, the money can be found to ensure our students get the quality education they deserve.

Help us tell Governor Scott and legislative leaders to increase funding for our public schools now!

To: Governor Rick Scott
From: [Your Name]

We have a growing teacher and support staff shortage in Florida that will worsen due to intentional under-funding of our schools in the 2018-19 state budget. The effects will be devastating to our students' education if you don't act soon. Florida school districts will have to make cuts to find a way to just scrape by.

Governor Scott, you can make sure there are funds available to keep qualified teachers in the classroom and dedicated support staff in our schools.

All of our children deserve one-on-one attention from a certified teacher. It's not enough to just keep the school doors open.

The 2018-19 state budget gives public education a measly increase of 47 cents per student - this is not enough to cover increases in basic costs. It's not enough to stop the loss of qualified teachers and support staff.

You must act now to address the shortfall in education funding before the start of the next fiscal year.