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Bay Area Superintendents Join Together for a Call to Action: Let's Do More for Students

March 14, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

Tampa, Fla. – (March 14, 2018) – In a rare joint event, superintendents from around the Tampa Bay Area are coming together to speak out about the state’s education budget and its negative impact on students, dedicated teachers and staff. Their message: Let’s do more.

Please join Hillsborough County Superintendent Jeff Eakins, Manatee County Superintendent Diana Greene, Pasco County Superintendent Kurt Browning, Pinellas County Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Grego, and Polk County Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd on Thursday, March 15, at 9 a.m. in the Hillsborough County Public Schools Auditorium at 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. The superintendents will share their serious concerns about the budget and push to send a message to Governor Scott, encouraging him to call lawmakers back to Tallahassee to fully fund education and do more for students.

The budget, touted by legislators as record funding for education, actually diverts nearly every penny of increases in school spending into areas with specific restrictions.

The main source of flexible funding for schools – which districts use to pay teachers and staff, create new programs and support classroom needs – will see an increase of just 47 cents per student under the budget passed this week by the Legislature. That tiny increase to the “base student allocation” as it’s called, is more than 300 times less than the increase of $152 per student Governor Scott proposed in his initial budget this year.

Students, teachers and staff around the Bay Area deserve more. The superintendents are asking the community to get involved and reach out to Governor Scott in the short window of time before he signs the bill into law.

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