VOUCHER BILL CONSIDERATION BLOCKED! IT MAY SHOW UP ON FINAL DAY OF SESSION! PLEASE STILL WEIGH IN TO SUPPORT COMMON CORE TEST OPT OUT & TO PROTECT PRIVATE SCHOOL AUTONOMY!
Much has happened since our April 30th alert. Thank you and congratulations! Your efforts have made a tremendous difference! The firestorm caused the bill to be postponed twice and then a motion to consider it on the Senate floor failed. In addition, many new amendments have been filed including a new delete-all amendment by the bill author Senator Stargel. The major concern in our analysis of loss of private school autonomy remains.
According to CBS News Miami, "House Speaker Will Weatherford said he still 'feels very good' about the bill's prospects" in an interview last night. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF SESSION. Although we would prefer that this bill fail, below is a summary of the latest amendments that we support and oppose in case the bill passes.
PLEASE contact the leadership and your own senator IMMEDIATELY and leave a message!
Senate President Don Gaetz (850) 487-5001
Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto (850) 487-5030
Bill author Senator Kelli Stargel (850) 487-5015
Contact Information for All Senators:
1) Public School Student Testing Choice -Senator Dwight Bullard (D-Cutler Bray) has filed a NEW amendment that conforms with Senator Stargel's new amendment that still allows public school students to choose one of the nationally norm-referenced tests that private school students take instead of the awful Common Core tests by AIR. This is about the only anti-Common Core legislation that could possibly pass this year.
PLEASE URGE YOUR SENATOR TO SUPPORT THE NEW BULLARD 197540 AMENDMENT!
2) Imposing Common Core Tests on Private Schools - Senator Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) has filed two new amendments (HERE and HERE) that effectively result in requiring private school voucher students to take the AIR or other Common Core tests, which would impose the Common Core standards on private schools.
PLEASE URGE YOUR SENATOR TO OPPOSE THE MONTFORD 207960 AND 918102 AMENDMENTS!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR VIGILANCE AND SUPPORT TO PROVIDE OUR CHILDREN EDUCATION FOR A FREE NATION! THE FIGHT WILL CONTINUE DURING THE ELECTION SEASON!
And I thought last night would be the last.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this issue
God Bless You and God Bless America