Here is an update from the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida!

Well, here we go. We’ve been waiting for some “big” controversial legislation in the new 2023 FL State Legislature to drop and we now have one. We have a new Republican-sponsored HB 1 this year and it is titled School Choice. This bill is the “big kahuna” — the expanded school voucher program that has been promised for years by the anti-public school forces in Florida. It will essentially decimate funding for public education, the great equalizer in our society, and it is scheduled for its first House committee hearing next week.

Your voices are needed NOW to let the committee members listed below — AND YOUR OWN LEGISLATORS (!) — know that you disagree with this bill. DO NOT give them a free pass. They need to be held accountable, but your voices are also needed to educate others in your clubs and community about the dire ramifications for families that will unfold from this legislation.

Here are some talking points you can use in your phone calls, emails, letters-to-the-editor, social media posts, and other outreach efforts:

Please contact the legislators below on the House Choice & Innovation Subcommittee before Thursday and register your OPPOSITION to this bill that is designed to put a nail in the coffin of public education funding in Florida.

Thank you,

Jean Siebenaler