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Media Releases: April 21, 2003

REGIONAL SUPERINTENDENTS TO HOLD JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE "These are tight economic times, and it is imperative that we stand up and urge lawmakers in Tallahassee to do what is right... to fund education in Florida and make the funding equitable across the state." That from Clay County Superintendent David L. Owens, who with seven other Superintendents in the region, will hold a joint news conference to publicly show its support of the SENATE budget.

You are invited to attend this joint news conference, which will take place:
WHEN: Wednesday, April 23rd at 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Orange Park High School, 2300 Kingsley Avenue

The Superintendents from Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties are expected to attend the conference and will answer any questions that you may have.

All of these top educators agree that the Senate budget is a responsible budget and funds the basic operating costs of the growing student population in our public schools. Overall, the Senate budget appropriates over $460 million to fund the operational needs of the class size reduction amendment or 35% MORE than the House budget. Based on the budget run released by the House, 19 school districts will not receive sufficient new funds to cover the class size reduction costs estimated by the House.

" The Florida Senate, under the leadership of President Jim King and Senators Pruitt and Carlton, has exhibited courage in producing a lean, continuation budget that meets the basic needs of our students," says David Miller, President of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.

On Wednesday, April 23rd, other Superintendents from all across the state of Florida will also be holding news conferences to give support to the Senate budget.

For more information contact Margie Davidson, Coordinator for Community Relations for the St. Johns County School District, at 819-7504, or Darlene Mahla, Public Relations Officer for the School District of Clay County, at 272-8143 or by email at dmahla@mail.clay.k12.fl.us




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