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Supporting the Right to Free, Accessible, Equitable, and Quality Public Education, Investment in Trade and Technical Schools, and the end of the For-Profit Education Industry that takes funds away from Public Education

Title: Supporting the Right to Free, Accessible, Equitable, and Quality Public Education, Investment in Trade and Technical Schools, and the end of the For-Profit Education Industry that takes funds away from Public Education

Summary:

Every American deserves access to a free, accessible, equitable, high-quality education from pre-K through post-secondary education—whether that’s through a college education or a trade and technical school. The Florida Democratic Party (FDP) calls for an end to the for-profit education industry that take funds from public education—there must be a moratorium on charter expansion until safeguards that ensure accountability are in put in place.

Resolution Language:

WHEREAS, our economy depends on the expansion of an educated workforce ready to seize the future, and our democracy requires an educated and well-informed electorate;

WHEREAS, Florida lags behind the national average in educational investment and outcomes;

WHEREAS, student loan debt has placed a crushing and unacceptable burden on Florida students;

WHEREAS, Florida fails to adequately invest in trade and technical schools that offer their, students opportunities beyond post-secondary institutions to prepare for the modern workforce;

WHEREAS, the for-profit education industry, that takes funds from public education, has led to unaccountable institutions that have been detrimental to our students and our public schools.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the FDP believes all Floridians have the right to a free, accessible, equitable, high-quality, public education from pre-K through a college or trade and technical school. We support publicly funded schools that are accountable to the community for educational outcomes and for the delivery of equitable education opportunities for all students. We recognize that teachers have a vital role in raising the next generation of citizens, and we support measures that ensure they are rewarded for taking on this responsibility.

BE IT ALSO  RESOLVED, the FDP will advocate for the establishment of trade and technical schools throughout the state, and will make an effort to direct students who are not going to college to these trade and technical schools so that they can be competitive in this 21st century economy.

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, the Florida Democratic Party calls for a moratorium on new, privately-managed, for-profit charter schools; will oppose any legislation that seeks to weaken oversight and accountability of charter schools and further privatize our public education system; and will seek/support legislation which strengthens the oversight of charter schools and returns control to local school districts, parents, and teachers.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Florida Democratic Party opposes subsidizing for-profit charter schools with public money and calls for full funding and support of high-quality, free public education for all children.