Hundreds of students to visit legislators at state capitol on April 7

CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENTS & TEACHERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE TO VISIT LEGISLATORS IN TALLAHASSEE ON APRIL 7, 2015

Tallahassee, FL – On Tuesday, April 7, 2015 more than 300 public charter school students and teachers will visit the state capitol to meet with legislators to spread the word about public charter schools’ successes and growing popularity among communities throughout Florida. The group will also urge legislators to continue to support public charter schools by continuing to fund PECO.

There are more than 250,000 students enrolled in public charter schools in the state today, and that number continues to grow every year. However, per student funding for charter schools has not kept pace with demand, and continues to be less than what a child attending a district-run public school receives. According to the Thomas B. Fordham Institute report (2005), charter schools students are funded an average of 11.4 % less than students attending a district school. This legislative session, charter school advocates, teachers, parents and students are asking legislators to increase per student funding and continue to fund PECO -- the only source of facility funding charter schools receive.

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Students will be wearing badges when talking to legislators about their charter school.