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Report: Charter school offered students 'extra credit' to voice support for bill


While some Miami-Dade charter schools were offering incentives to parents last week if they declared support for a controversial education bill, one charter school in Hialeah Gardens reportedly directed its teachers to offer students "extra credit" if they signed online petitions in favor of HB 7069.

Reporters Brian Entin and Daniel Cohen of WSVN Channel 7 obtained a copy of a directive the station says was given to teachers at Mater Academy. The school's principal, Judith Marty, denied that she sent the directive that said "teachers will guide the student" to write emails to Gov. Rick Scott's office -- and "ensure that students include in their emails ... support for HB 7069."

Marty told WSVN that she had been out of town and was surprised to see the written directive, which she told the station "went a little too far."

Read (and watch) WSVN's full report here.

The news, reported Friday, came as the Herald/Times reported earlier that day that at least two other charter schools in the Hialeah area -- including a sister Mater Academy school -- had offered to give parents five hours' credit toward their volunteer hours if they wrote letters or otherwise lobbied Scott to sign the bill.