Chair: Robin Jones and Iris Yetter

The League of Women Voters of Florida supports a free public school system. LWVF strives for a system with high standards for student achievement and with equality of educational opportunity, and will strive for a system that is financed adequately by the state through an equitable funding formula.

Our local Education Working Group grew out of a study of St. Petersburg’s five struggling elementary schools, highlighted in a Tampa Bay Times 2015 series, Failure Factories.

In 2017, we broadened our scope of interest to include statewide issues which impact our local schools:

  • Capital and operational funding
  • Testing and assessment
  • Charter schools and tax-credit scholarships
  • Achievement gap in Pinellas County schools

During 2017, join us in our study of and research on these issues.  Later in the year, we’ll use our findings to mount an educational campaign to increase awareness among citizens and engage in advocacy work aligned with LWVF legislative priorities during the 2018 legislative session.  

Go to the League’s Action Guide on this issue.

Contact group leads, Robin Jones or Iris Yetter, to get involved. 

To learn more about statewide education issues and recent actions, visit the LWVF Education blog at