Facts About Florida Public Education Spending:

Florida ranks 3rd in the nation for number of students enrolled in institutions of public education but is 41st in public school funding

Florida per pupil spending is $7,408 whereas the national AVERAGE is $11,500

50% of all Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds go to charter schools when they make up only 11%. Why is this important? The PECO fund provides Florida school districts with money for upkeep of existing schools as well as money for building new schools in growing communities. PECO funds are desperately needed in Hillsborough County, yet year after year, PECO funds are disproportionately and increasingly diverted to charters schools.

This fall, Hillsborough County voters will be asked to support a half-cent public school investment referendum.  Proceeds raised from this referendum will support maintenance for existing public schools and finance the building of new public schools needed to keep up with Hillsborough County's growth.  For more information on the public school investment referendum, click here.

What Can We Do About This?

Join the Roland Park PTSA, read our newsletter and like our Facebook page to find out more information on issues effecting public education.  You can also attend the FREE screening of "Backpacks Full of Cash" sponsored, in part, by the Roland Park K-8 PTSA to learn more about why protecting public education is important to our community.  For dates and screenings, click here.

Attend Candidate Forums and events to learn more about candidates vying for seats and the constitutional amendments in the upcoming midterm elections.  "Coffee with the Candidates" provides parents the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with candidates that will be on our November 6 ballot.  For remaining dates and topics click here.

VOTE! 50% of public school students do not have an active voter in their household. Just think what we could do for public education if we increased that number to 100%. We are asking every member of the Roland Park Community to commit to voting in the Primary Election (August 28) and the General Election (November 6).