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Superintendents unite around call for HB 7069, K-12 budget veto


Florida's school district superintendents are speaking in one voice now against HB 7069 and the Legislature's approved K-12 public schools spending for next year.

The association representing the superintendents is joining a chorus of calls on Gov. Rick Scott to veto HB 7069, as almost all of the state's school boards and a slew of other groups are doing.

The superintendents also want Scott to reject $23.7 billion in primary funding for K-12 schools, over opposition to the Legislature's approved increase of only 0.34 percent in spending per student.

“Florida superintendents cannot support HB 7069 or the budget due to the negative impact on public education,” said Escambia County schools Superintendent Malcolm Thomas, the president of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. “The budget fails to meet the basic funding needs of Florida’s nearly 2.8 million public education students, and despite some good education policy in HB 7069 the overall damage to public education far outweighs the good. With a united voice, we call upon the Governor to veto HB 7069 and the FEFP in support of Florida public education.”

Here's the letter from the superintendent's association.