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THREE EASY STEPS FOR CONTACTING FLORIDA LAWMAKERS ABOUT TESTING

For those who have something to say about school testing in Florida. NOW IS THE TIME TO REACH OUT TO YOUR FLORIDA REPS AND SENATORS. They are talking about it in education sub-committees NOW and will be working with the state’s superintendent, Pam Stewart. They need your feedback, your stories and your recommendations. We can’t let the lobbyists be the only voice on this matter. Parents, teachers and students need to weigh in.
A kindergarten teacher in Gainesville got fed up with testing that she said was developmentally inappropriate for 5 year olds. She stepped away from the testing and refused to subject her students any longer. She sent letters to lawmakers and Pam Stewart in protest and started this firestorm of teacher and parent feedback to lawmakers.  Her name is Susan Bowles and today she has become an accidental advocate for all school children in Florida in regards to standardized testing. Follow her on Facebook.
She is asking all parents who want to see changes in standardized testing to contact the lawmakers involved in committee discussions RIGHT NOW. In fact, she is asking for comments to go to lawmakers on this list before Wed. January 21st.
If you’ve never in your life sent correspondence to a lawmaker, it’s easy. Easy peasy as they say in the blog world.  Lawmakers work for you. They are not untouchable. It is their job to hear what you have to say, so don’t be nervous and absolutely don’t believe that your voice doesn’t matter BECAUSE IT DOES!

THREE EASY STEPS TO CONTACT LAWMAKERS!

1.  Copy the email addresses that are below paste them into an open email.
2.  Type your message. Personal stories work well about your children and your school. Give suggestions. Be positive. Be firm but not attacking. Include your name and mailing address that so they know you are a resident of Florida. If you know one of the following reps is from your district, then send that person a separate email letting him or her know that you are a constituent.
3.  Hit send.

Here is the list of STATE REPRESENTATIVES on Education subcommittees:


alan.williams@myfloridahouse.gov
bob.cortes@myfloridahouse.gov
bruce.antone@myfloridahouse.gov
charlie.stone@myfloridahouse.gov
Chris.sprowls@myfloridahouse.gov
colleen.burton@myfloridahouse.gov
cynthia.stafford@myfloridahouse.gov
dan.raulerson@myfloridahouse.gov
dennis.baxley@myfloridahouse.gov
dwayne.taylor@myfloridahouse.gov
elizabeth.porter@myfloridahouse.gov
erik.fresen@myfloridahouse.gov
fred.costello@myfloridahouse.gov
heather.fitzenhagen@myfloridahouse.gov
irving.slosberg@myfloridahouse.gov
janet.adkins@myfloridahouse.gov
jose.diaz@myfloridahouse.gov
joseph.geller@myfloridahouse.gov
keith.perry@myfloridahouse.gov
larry.ahern@myfloridahouse.gov
larry.lee@myfloridahouse.gov
larry.metz@myfloridahouse.gov
manny.diaz@myfloridahouse.gov
marlene.otoole@myfloridahouse.gov
mia.jones@myfloridahouse.gov
mike.miller@myfloridahouse.gov
richard.stark@myfloridahouse.gov
ross.spano@myfloridahouse.gov
shawn.harrison@myfloridahouse.gov
shevrin.jones@myfloridahouse.gov

Here is the list of Florida senators:


Gaetz.don.web@flsenate.gov
Montford.bill.web@flsenate.gov
Bullard.dwight.web@flsenate.gov
Galvano.bill.web@flsenate.gov
Legg.john.web@flsenate.gov
Ring.jeremy.web@flsenate.gov
Simmons.david.web@flsenate.gov
Stargel.kelli.web@flsenate.gov
Detert.nancy.web@flsenate.gov
Benacquisto.lizbeth@flsenate.gov
Brandes.jeff.web@flsenate.gov
Clemens.jeff.web@flsenate.gov
Garcia.rene.web@flsenate.gov
Sobel.eleanor.web@flsenate.gov

 

I think we’ve seen what happens when the government goes unchecked when it comes to public education. It’s time for parents to speak up and be heard. Teachers, too. We also know in life that timing is key. This is the time.

 

 

 

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As an advocate for children and families, Pamela Settle serves as the local committee chairperson for The Children’s Movement of Florida, a non-partisan advocacy organization that works on behalf of the well being of children throughout the State of Florida.

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