After SB 6 passed Thursday night, we sent out our call to push Governor Crist to veto it — and already we have over 5,300 signers on our petition. Our message may be getting through — the Governor hasn’t signed the bill into law yet, but he could at any time.
We must take advantage of this extra time to mobilize more people against this bill. You can read the full email below, with details about the bill and how it will hurt our schools, students, and teachers.
Would you take a moment to sign the petition, and then forward this email to your family and friends so that we can continue the pressure on the Governor to veto SB 6?
What we do in the next day or two could make a huge difference — we could stop this if we can get enough people speaking out.
Thanks for the help!
And have a good weekend,
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From: Alex Sink
Date: Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 11:47 AM
Subject: Veto SB 6
Florida’s students, parents, teachers, and schools just suffered a serious blow: Late last night, Tallahassee politicians passed a bill dictating a rigid, one-size-fits-all policy to our local schools. Now, it is on Governor Crist’s desk, waiting for his signature. And it’s up to us to stop it.
It’s time for Governor Crist to listen to the parents, students, and teachers he represents — and oppose this bill before it hurts our schools and students.
With Governor Crist poised to make his final decision as early as today, we have to make our voices heard now on this issue. Please join me and speak out!
Sign my petition to Governor Crist now, urging him to veto SB 6 – and then forward this email to other Floridians who have kids in our schools or who care about the future of education in this state.
My two children attended Florida public schools, and as a proud PTA mom, I know SB 6 is bad for teachers, bad for our kids, and bad for our state’s future. That’s because I believe in preserving local control of local schools.
Testing is an important part of the education process, and student performance should be a part of how we allocate resources to schools and pay teachers. But, a child’s education is far more than a couple days of filling in multiple choice question bubbles. This law would quantify the success of our education system by reducing a year-long student-teacher relationship into a few days of a standardized test.
That’s just not right.
I support merit pay for teachers, but the way Tallahassee is doing this has no merit. Any merit pay plan should be developed with our school superintendents, local school boards, teachers, parents, and community business leaders — bringing everybody to the table.
SB 6 fails this test — and we need to stop it.
Click here to sign my petition calling for Governor Crist to veto SB 6 — and then forward this email to your family and friends and ask them to do the same.
To make matters worse, SB 6 is another unfunded mandate that will simply stretch our overburdened schools further than they are now. And the last thing Florida’s homeowners can afford is an increase in their property taxes as a result of this ill-conceived bill.
The people of Florida don’t want Tallahassee politicians making these types of decisions for our local school districts. Florida is a diverse state, and every classroom is different.
If I were governor right now, vetoing this bill would be a no-brainer.
Now let’s make sure that Governor Crist gets the message!