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FEA: Charter proposal won’t help students in classes

TALLAHASSEE – FEA President Joanne McCall had these thoughts about the huge new charter school expansion proposed by the Florida Legislature in HB 5105 and SB 796.
“We find it appalling that the Legislature would consider a gigantic giveaway to charter schools that essentially exempts the charter operators from necessary requirements schools should employ when teaching our children. The idea that these charters would be allowed to hire individuals who are not certified to teach, not experienced in the classroom and don’t even have a college degree or a high school diploma is simply astounding. Our children deserve the highest qualified teachers to prepare them for the complex and rapidly changing world of the 21st century. It’s mind-boggling to think that lawmakers would consider educating our children with people who have few qualifications. And the House offers this lavish giveaway to charter operators at the same time they propose an increase of only $19 per student for our public schools. Legislation like this makes it clear that the real goal of some of our political leaders is not to provide a high quality education to our children, it’s to dismantle public schools and profit off our students.”

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