In a tremendous kick-off to our 2019 legislative advocacy for expanded state funding for school choice scholarships and Jewish school security, 350 community members and 30 elected officials from around the state attended Teach Florida’s Annual Legislative Breakfast in Boca Raton.  State elected officials were rocked by rounds of standing applause for their $2 million allocation of Jewish schools security funding this year, and Representative Randy Fine’s announcement of expanded funding planned for this year.

In 2 ½ short years, Teach Florida has become a strong advocate for safe, affordable nonpublic school education,” said MimiJankovits, Executive Director of Teach Florida, to the crowd.  “We are 10,000 voters, 13 member schools and 38 schools across the state, 100 activists, and 13,000 students and thousands of parents, grandparents, Rabbis and community members strong.” 

Senator Manny Diaz, the powerful chairman of the Senate Education Committee, spoke of his commitment to putting children’s education in the hands of the parents so they can choose and have access to the best school for their child.  Diaz stressed that expanding scholarships to more families, including the middle class, is a priority of the legislature and Governor DeSantis this year.

“The enthusiastic, record turnout at the breakfast underscores the strength of our community’s advocacy, as seen in our record turnout this year at the polls,” said Dr. Allan Jacob, Chairman of Teach Florida and OU Board Member. “We will be helping lead the coalition’s campaign this year for expanded access and funding of  state K-12 scholarship programs. These programs will help our families with scholarships to send their children to Jewish schools, along with other Floridians.”

Teach Florida delivered more than $21 million in state funding for school security and tax-credit scholarships helping 2900 Jewish children attend day school this year.  Since 2011, more than $88 million in state programs has helped thousands of Jewish students receive a quality education. 

To get involved, contact Mimi Jankovits, Executive Director, Teach Florida at mimij@teachcoalition.org or 954-406-6336.