As Florida lawmakers discuss a state budget proposal that would slash education funding, Miami-Dade County Public School officials and stakeholders continue to fight for the rights of children to receive a constitutionally mandated high quality public education. The Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations is pleased to announce that M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will brief Kendall residents on the battle at a special town hall meeting on April 20th.
The meeting will begin at 6:30pm in the auditorium at Hammocks Middle School, 9889 Hammocks Boulevard. Hammocks Boulevard equates to SW 150th Avenue at Kendall Drive; the school is located on Hammocks Boulevard between SW 104th Street and Kendall Drive. KFHA Board members ask that residents take note of the new meeting location which will more easily accommodate the anticipated large crowd.
Governor Rick Scott’s original budget plan called for public education to absorb about 72% of his proposed budget cuts even though public schools only account for 29% of state spending. While lawmakers have not completely embraced the Governor’s plan, M-DCPS officials last week projected the District will have to deal with $144 million in cuts, a total many PTA and education advocates call completely unacceptable.
KFHA President Lee Zimmerman appreciates Mr. Carvalho’s candid outreach to the community. “Our children are Florida’s future. But unlike other special interests, children don’t have legions of highly paid lobbyists roaming the Capitol hallways in Tallahassee to fight for their interests. It’s vital that parents and community stakeholders stay informed and hold our elected legislators accountable. We are thankful that Mr. Carvalho will present us with a transparent up-to-date analysis of the situation.”