By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
A group of concerned citizens, fed up with Common Core, the downward trend of education, and offensive textbooks have achieved major educational reforms through the passage of some important legislation
Florida Citizens Alliance (FLCA) is a grass roots alliance of individuals and groups providing common sense solutions for K-12 education in Florida. They are a non-profit, 501c3 volunteer alliance united by the belief that education is foundational to the preservation of liberty.
FLCA leader Keith Flaugh told The Report Card that his group were motivated to make a difference:
“Our establishment education system is failing America’s students academically, civically and morally. Florida children are being indoctrinated in a public school system that undermines their individual rights and destroys our founding principles and family values.
We are Solutions oriented working tirelessly for our kids: FLCA is a grass roots alliance of individuals and groups providing common sense solutions for K-12 education in Florida. We are a non-profit, 501c3 volunteer alliance united by the belief that education is foundational to the preservation of liberty.”
FLCA has had a remarkable year positively impacting K-12 education. Keith summarized their major achievements:
“-HB 989 Instructional Materials bill we wrote was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. It is only
-We had volunteers from 11 counties travel to Tallahassee- some of us 8 times and met with over
100 Florida House and Senate Legislators
– We had 28 local teams present our FLCA 2018 Education Legislative Agenda to the
County Legislative Delegation hearings.
– We strongly supported the transformative education HB 7069 lead by Speaker Richard Corcoran. 12 school districts have now filed suit to stop it because it threatens their union control and their monopoly.
– We have partnered with Truth in Textbooks (formerly Truth in Texas Textbooks) and have now trained over 20 Florida folks tin critically assess the quality of Social Studies publishers like Pearson, McGraw Hill,etc.
-We now have leaders in almost 30 counties who are working to form local County Education Watchdog teams
Keith says: Much remains to be done:
“We have 2 Education bills filed in the State Legislature for 2018 session, starting Jan 9, 2018.
– SB 966 and HB 825 by Senator Baxley and Rep Stone are companion bills that will shift standards and curriculum from the current Next Generation Sunshine State Standards as the ceiling to make them the minimum or floor and encourage school districts to strive for student excellence.
– HB 827, a FL DOE instructional Materials bill, filed by Rep Donalds will take a major step forward in fixing the State Instructional Materials Adoption Process. Senator Lee has agreed to file in the Senate and we are working to make the bill even stronger than its initial filed version
-FLCA will also be aggressively assessing all education bills filed for 2018 and help you sort out the good, the bad and ugly. So far we will strongly urge support for HB 1. It is an anti- bullying bill that puts the child and parent before the establishment monopoly. We also will be supporting term limits for School boards members.
-FLCA is hosting a major Fundraiser, featuring Dinesh D’Souza, speaking on “Education in America”.
– For the upcoming election season, FLCA has developed and tested a candidate evaluation and primary forum process to help local voters “Vote Informed” based on both issues and constitutional principles.
-FLCA has built a strong Board and Advisory Council committed to growing our influence to improve outcomes for our kids in both the State Legislature and with local School Boards across the State.”
Citizens concerned about the future of education should join and support Florida Citizen Alliance