Over 170 parents, teachers and citizens gathered on Feb. 27 at Allendale United Methodist Church to watch “Backpack Full of Cash,” a feature-length documentary on the privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children.
The LWVSPA Education Committee will spend the coming months informing the parents and taxpayers of Pinellas County about the effects of charter schools and tax-credit vouchers on our district. With HB 7055, the Florida Legislature is proving that we have a battle on our hands. In addition, the Constitutional Revision Commission has proposed amendments that threaten the funding and local control of education.
We are encouraged by the enthusiasm of our audiences and the growing involvement of our youth in the gun/school safety issue. As the young March For Our Lives organizers exited their planning session just before our film screening, our group spontaneously applauded them. It is a cross-generational movement.