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Local teachers take stand for increased funding in public schools

Posted at 5:51 AM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 17:14:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Teachers across Florida are taking a stand, all to show why they need more funding for public schools.

Just before the start of class Wednesday morning at Deerlake Elementary School, teachers met right at the flagpole to discuss more funding.

Teachers from Pensacola to Key West wore their red and met Wednesday to show lawmakers the need for more funding for the public education system.

The walk-in was organized by the Florida Education Association.

Florida is 46th in the nation for teacher salary and in the bottom 10 for funding.

"Wearing red and dping the walk in. This is a way to hopefully start a conversation. When people see a sea of teachers wearing red shirtds. They may ask 'why are yall doing that?' and that's a way for us to start the conversation about what we want to share with people," said one teacher, Linda Johnson. "Especially about the state of funding for public teachers in the state of Florida."

The teachers are also hoping this will decrease the number of qualified teachers leaving their jobs across the state.

There is also a petition going across the state.

To sign the petition, click here.