Florida PTA has joined the Florida Education Association, the Florida School Boards Association, the Florida Association of School Administrators, the League of Women Voters of Florida, the Florida State Conference of Branches of NAACP, and several clergy in filing a lawsuit declaring the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program unconstitutional.
The Florida Tax Credit Program violates the constitutional mandate that a system of free public schools is the means by which the Legislature provided for the education of Florida children. Additionally, there is a constitutional prohibition against using public funds to aid sectarian institutions.
It is anticipated that within 4 years, the Florida Tax Credit Program could cost taxpayers nearly $900 million - money that could be used in our state’s already cash-strapped public schools. In addition, both our state and federal governments hold all public schools accountable for student performance at acceptable levels through implementation of a system of school improvement and accountability that assesses students, teachers, and school performance. Voucher/Scholarship programs do not provide the same accountability.
In 2012, the voters in Florida overwhelmingly rejected an Amendment call “Religious Freedom.” If passed, this would have opened the door to allocate taxpayer dollars to private/parochial schools. The separation of church and state remains intact in Florida’s Constitution.
Florida PTA’s Board of Directors approved challenging the Voucher Program at the Annual Leadership Convention held this past July.
For questions and/or comments, please contact Florida PTA at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 407-855-7604 or 800-373-5782.
Florida PTA comprises hundreds of thousands of families, students, teachers, administrators and business and community leaders devoted to improving the lives of children/youth in our state. PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in the state of Florida, as well as the nation. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children. More information is available by contacting Florida PTA (407-855-7604 or email@example.com).