BARTOW — The Polk County School Board on Thursday held a special work session in order to approve a letter that urges Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto a bill that would require the school district pay an additional $9 million to the state for teachers’ retirement.
It also requests that the governor send an application to the federal government in time for the state and all 67 Florida school districts to receive their share of $13 billion in funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
“School districts will bear the brunt of the increase,” PCSB attorney Wes Bridges read from the letter. He was referring to the additional funds required by the legislature for the Florida Retirement System. “In this crisis, we look to you for leadership in guiding our state and its institutions. Please make the needs of our children a top priority as you consider the implications of HB 5007, and exercise your veto power.”