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Lifelong Learning Institute and POPS – Protect Our Public Schools – Peace & Justice Report, Wednesday at 9am.

Written by on Sunday, March 17, 2019

This Wednesday, March 20, from 9-10 a.m. on the Peace & Justice Report, we’ll first talk to Janna Overstreet, Executive Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College, or “OLLI at Ringling College.” The lifelong learning organization has offered continuing education to Sarasota since 1994. It will soon take up residence alongside the Sarasota Museum of Art in the rehabbed historic Sarasota High School, a classic Collegiate-Gothic style building erected in 1926.

After that, we’ll talk to Carol Lerner and Kindra Muntz about their recent trip to Tallahassee and recent bills in the Florida legislature concerning education and the attempts to fund private and religious schools. Carol is the head of POPS Manasota – Protect Our Public Schools Manasota. Check them out on Facebook.

Kindra reminds us of the UU Justice Florida Action Alerts which you can sign up for HERE. They’ll let you know exactly when to call a legislator when a bill of concern is having a committee hearing. UU Justice works for environmental justice (click HERE). See video of their work opposing the bill to ban sanctuary cities (HERE) and opposing the bills to preempt cities from having local regulations like minimum wage (HERE).

Carol tells us that Senate Bill SB7070 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education on Tuesday, March 19 at 10 AM. This sweeping ‘train’ bill has a number of provisions, the most egregious of which would greatly expand taxpayer-funded school vouchers. Members on that subcommittee are HERE.