Thursday, January 10, 2013

Group Rallies to Promote Schools

VIERA, Florida - About 100 parents, children, and community officials gathered at the Viera Regional Park on Thursday afternoon to bring attention to the proposed $30 million in cuts by Brevard Public Schools.  They then marched together to the Educational Services Facilities for a public forum with BPS officials.
“Today, this event (at the park) is to support public education and express our opinion that we want to see alternative cuts proposed,” said Michelle Speisman, a spokesperson for “Save Brevard Public Schools.
“We are looking for new ideas for cutting the budget – working with cities and the county – looking to see if there is some consolidation that can happen.  We hope that on January 22, the school board votes “No” as a signal that they hear us and then will allow a re-vote in the Fall.

“We are hoping to find other ways to reduce the budget without closing schools and impacting educational outcomes,” Speisman continued.
She also said that Save Brevard Public Schools has filed paperwork to become a Political Action Committee.  Local educator Matt Susin is the President of the PAC, Speisman said.
Jonathan McFadden, a volunteer at Gardendale Elementary Magnet School, addressed the crowd, “Education cuts do not heal.  Tonight is not a protest; it is an act of service to assist the school board in decision-making.  We hope that they will focus on who really counts – the children.”
At the event, the group presented awards to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office for their quick response to keep Brevard children safe after the Newtown massacre. 
Awards were also given to the city councils of Titusville and Cocoa Beach for offering “staff and expertise” in dealing with impacts to their communities and to the Brevard County Commission for looking for ways to consolidate services.

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