Local Educators Voice Demands For More School Funding in a
Teachers, school board and union members took the bus to Tallahassee to see if they could get state lawmakers on-board for replacing some of the funding that is being cut for public schools.
And they took their demands all the way to the top, the governor's office.
Days before state leaders finished two months of passing bills, what lawmakers did was pass on giving public schools more money. State funding was cut by four billion dollars and kindergarten through 12th grade was the hardest hit with a loss upwards of $900 million dollars.
Gainesville Representative, Chuck Chestnut, was the first state rep to meet with the group, he agreed with their concerns,"If you're not going to fund education, things are not going to turn around, they are going to get worse," said Chestnut. Though there are some concerns among union and board members over Chestnut's vote for school vouchers, which will effectively take state alloted funding for education away from public school students.
The eclectic group of educators want state reps from North Central Florida to know cutting school funding is short sighted.
Today Alachua county's school reps made it to the governor's office, now they want to know whether their demands for more school funding fell on deaf ears.
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