BTU Visit Tallahassee
Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco thanks the South Florida  legislative delegation for voting or committing to vote “no” on the House's education "train bill," HB 7055.  Fusco and a delegation of BTU officers and members returned Friday from Tallahassee, where they visited and had the opportunity to address the South Florida legislative delegation on why they should vote against the legislation.

"It was extremely gratifying to be heard," Fusco said. "It was clear that legislators appreciated the opportunity to learn directly from teachers and those who work in an education support capacity about how HB 7055 will harm public education. The fact that representatives then voted no, and senators have committed to doing the same, means that they are on our side, and we want them to know we appreciate their support and are expecting them to stay true to their commitments. 

Senator Daphne Campbell joins BTU in
giving a "thumbs down" to HB 7055.

Despite “no” votes from South Florida representatives, HB 7055 passed along party lines.  It has moved on to the Senate, where Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) and Appropriations Committee Chair Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) have said they will consider each policy separately and vet them through the normal committee process rather than vote on a train bill.

"As the fifth largest union in the country with over 11,000 members, we will do everything in our power to keep pressure on our legislators to stop the dismantling of public schools, which educate 90 percent of Florida's population," Fusco added.