This week the Florida Consortium for Public Charter Schools asks all member schools to engage in a letter-writing campaign, aimed at reaching our state legislators, to advocate for our schools by educating them on issues important to us. All charter principals in Monroe County have joined together in support of this project, too! We are asking students, staff, and families to compose personal letters and mail them (not email) to our local state senator and state representatives.
418 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5120
404 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-110
Phone: (850) 487-5039
On Monday our lead guides shared the information with our students, and we will mail letters by this Thursday 3/14/19. The Consortium provided a simple letter template as well as decorative paper, which is posted to our website:
Our students, staff, and families are in the best position to advocate for our charter school’s needs – thank you for taking a few minutes to share why our charter school is important to you.
These are the issues that are important to our school:
Adequate Facilities – more classrooms to accommodate community interest in tuition-free Montessori education, an indoor lunch area, and updated bathrooms
Equitable Funding – our district included charter schools in the operating discretionary millage levy, but there is no equity in the allocation of projects to improve our charter school facilities. The concern on a statewide level is the pressure from other districts in Florida to cut charter schools out of the property tax funds.
Fiscal Transparency – there other funding streams where the method of funding for charter schools remains obscure, and all Monroe County charter school leaders continue to request transparency from the district.
Collaborative Mindset – There is a pernicious belief among traditional public schools in our district that charter schools are not public but private institutions that take resources away from their schools. 1002.33(1) of Florida State Statutes states: “All charter schools in Florida are public schools and shall be part of the state’s program of public education.” I ask our district leadership to cultivate a collaborative mindset in our district by highlighting the innovative educational methods that our Montessori charter school provides to Monroe County students.