A Hispanic school choice advocacy group is asking Florida’s teachers union to “have a heart.”
Supporters of the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options delivered thousands of Valentines Day greetings to the Florida Education Association’s headquarters in Tallahassee, including candy hearts emblazoned with the rallying cry for the state’s tax credit scholarship program: #DropTheSuit.
The statewide teachers union filed a lawsuit challenging the program in 2014. It has since been dismissed by a Tallahasssee judge, and is now being argued on appeal. Right now, nearly 80,000 low-income children use the scholarships to attend private schools.
“I don’t understand why teachers would want to take this away from my children. It makes no sense to me,” Deborah Gomes, an Orlando mother with four children on scholarship, said in a statement. She added: “If we didn’t have the scholarships, they’d be forced back into a school where they risked being bullied and were afraid every day. Now they’re happy, safe and learning much more.” Continue Reading →