by Lynn Jones
Reverend Al Sharpton joined leading educators from across the nation to rally for public schools at the Florida Capitol January 13th in Tallahassee, Florida. The “Take on Tallahassee Relay,” sponsored by Florida Education Association President Frederick Ingram, was held on the steps of the Old Capitol. Thirteen buses from Duval County road the I-10 freeway to rally legislatures to boost pay for teachers and support staff. Thousands of supporters attended the march that paraded through Tallashassee.
Sharpton, a renowned civil rights advocate, MSNBC commentator and President of the National Action Network was the keynote speaker.
Florida has a severe and ongoing shortage of teachers, and as many as 300,000 students started school in August 2019 without a full-time, permanent teacher. Every student in Florida deserves to attend a fully staffed, fully funded school. Ingram has conducted a series of town halls and a bus tour to hear public concerns, garner support and received positive feedback.
Rally supporters say the Republican-controlled Legislature has drained 1.3 billion tax dollars from public schools and funneled the revenue into a host of voucher programs and private schools. For more information go to FEAWeb.org/jan13.