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Isn’t Every Student Worth a Penny?

Florida Education Association Rally

Photo by David Clark,
Florida Education Association

Student members of the Florida Education Association (SFEA) joined more than 2,400 educators, school administrators, and parents in Tallahassee March 18 to protest proposed education cuts.

SFEA members and other marchers brought 2.6 million pennies—in jugs, plastic bags, and boxes to the state capital to encourage legislators to consider a three-year, one penny increase in the Florida sales tax.

The funds would be dedicated to all levels of public education from kindergarten through higher education.

Each penny represented a student attending a public school or university in the state. Demonstrators asked, “Isn’t every student worth a penny?”

According to the “Tallahasee Democrat,” State Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee said “lawmakers need to seriously reconsider lifting sales-tax exemptions, close corporate tax loopholes and support a penny tax increase if public education has a chance for survival.”