We hope you have had an exciting and productive summer!
The FLCA Team has been very busy executing our growth and marketing outreach plan.
In Summary, we have:
- partnered with Christian Family Coalition to develop voter guides for the Primary and now the General Election
- just announced our exciting next major event with Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College and amazing panelists
- updated our education strategy and action template for the remainder of 2018 and 2019
- met with key candidates and current legislators we expect to be in leadership positions in 2019
- continued the infrastructure projects (updates below)
November 6 Voter Guides:
FLCAction* and Christian Family Coalition have partnered to create voter guides for this critical upcoming General Election. Vote by Mail ballots were sent by the Collier County Supervisor of Elections on October 2 so voting started on October 3.
Requested Action: Share the State-wide voter guide. On the FLCAction Voter Guides page, you will also find local level voter guides for Collier, Broward, Miami-Dade, Manatee, and Pasco counties. Lee, Brevard, Marion, Lake, Osceola and Palm Beach County being added as they are completed. These guides all include the 12 Constitutional amendments.
*Note: We have legally created FLCAction as a 501c (4) and a Florida Political Committee. This allows us to be more aggressive on political advocacy.
Next Major Event:
We just announced our 2019 January 16th major event, “A More Perfect Union: Liberty and Learning”. This will be a dinner and panel discussion hosted by Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College. Panelists include Neal McCluskey from Cato Institute, Bob McClure, CEO of James Madison Institute and Erika Donalds.
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Requested Action: Buy your early-bird tickets now!
Updated Education Strategy and Action Template
Over the past two years, we have worked tirelessly in 3 action pillars, all aimed at “unleashing the learning potential of each child”. These are pursuing legislative solutions (currently 60% of our time and energy), building local county watchdog teams (35%) and encouraging alternatives/choices (5%).
We will continue to work in all 3 of these but will shift our focus, reducing legislative efforts and increasing watchdog teams efforts and promoting alternatives. Simply, we are concluding “It is NOT POSSIBLE to reform a monopoly—you must break a monopoly.” So far, legislators have been unwilling to put non-compliance penalties in legislation. This means local school boards driven by unions and progressives undermine and, in many cases, simply ignore Florida Statutes as they are doing with instructional materials laws. Therefore, we will strengthen our efforts to help watchdog teams to both challenge objectionable materials but also promote 5 individual scholarship programs and we will strengthen our support for local communities to build classical schools (like Hillsdale Barney Program) and improve our support for homeschooling and coops like Classical Conversations.
FLCA Meetings with Legislators, key candidates and like-minded groups to discuss state of K-12 education in Florida
Over the summer, we have met with outgoing Speaker Corcoran and Chair Bileca to get their advice and suggestions regarding our revised strategy. In addition we have had very productive meetings with Senators Lee and Baxley, Representatives Rodrigues, Renner, Donalds, Rommel and Fischer. Additionally we met with Speaker Designee Oliva’s education staff.
Regarding candidates, we have had very productive meetings with Gubernatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Candidate Ashley Moody as well as US Congressman Rooney.
And…We are making great progress in strengthening working relationships with Foundation for Economic Education, Americans for Prosperity, Turning Point USA, Truth in Textbooks, Christian Family Coalition, and Promoting Justice in the Nation.
Infrastructure investments: Updates to our infrastructure projects:
First: Our FLCA intern, Hillsdale College student, Domine Clemons is posting important K-12 education articles 5 days each week and then sharing them to Facebook, and Twitter.
Requested Action: Here is an example link to a recent posting “FLORIDA CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR DIFFER WIDELY ON EDUCATION”. Please go to our website several times each week, click on the "Share this" Social Media Icons at the very bottom of every page, then share the site with your friends, urging them to become a FREE subscriber. You can share the home page and/or any of the other posts & pages.
THIS WILL HELP US HELP YOUR FRIENDS UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR K-12 STUDENTS AND THE FUTURE OF OUR REPUBLIC.
Second: We have completed the trial project and are now in production with Neon CRM, a not-for-profit donor management system. We greatly appreciate your support at whatever level you can afford and realize that we need to do a much better job keeping you both informed and engaged. FLCA intern Cassie Moran, also a Hillsdale College student, is leading this effort for us.
Requested Action: Make another one time donation or sign up for a monthly donation!
Third: Florida textbook assessment continues. Residents and watchdog teams challenged textbook adoption in 4 Florida Counties. These included Collier objection to 16 Science books, Charlotte County 6 Social studies, and additional challenges to science books in Martin and Nassau Counties. In all 4 cases, school board members denied the objections and flagrantly violated the HB 989 Instructional Materials law passed in 2017. This is not a surprise. Monopoly and union driven progressive school boards willfully object to what they consider to be outside intervention. In Collier and Charlotte counties, we hired lawyers to documents these violations and will be using these examples to strengthen compliance in the next legislative cycle.
In addition, we are continuing with our very strong Truth in Textbooks partnership, training everyday citizens like you and me to assess Florida textbooks for political and religious indoctrination, rewriting of our history, denigration of our founding values, not to mention the pornography. So far we have trained over 60 Floridians. FLCA intern Ryan Kennedy, an FGCU student, is our special project helping leadership and our watchdog teams with this effort.
Requested Action: Sign-up for the Truth in Textbook training. Contact Roy White at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fourth: We are proceeding with our grant writing efforts. Frankly we are finding this to be more challenging than expected. As a new 501c (3) we are an unknown and new organization to the larger grant providers.
Requested Action: If you have a relationship with a philanthropic foundation that supports education reform and school choice, please contact us.
Remember, Vladimir Lenin said, “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” We are almost two generations into giving our children and their future to the progressives!
The time is NOW and if not us, WHO?
We greatly appreciate your continuing support! Please make a donation today, and if you can help us fund the grant writing project to take advantage of the matching funds offer, that would be terrific.
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