BOB WHITE CALLS FOR GOVERNOR SCOTT TO SIGN EDUCATION BILL HB7069

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CALLS LEGISLATION THE “RIGHT THING TO DO” WHILE STATING HE IS DISAPPOINTED IN THE PROCESS USED

Melbourne, Florida – Tuesday, May 30, 2017 – Bob White, Republican candidate for governor and proponent of school choice, weighed in on the controversial education bill, HB 7069 urging the governor to sign the legislation. Mr. White does, however, side with opponents of the bill when it comes to the process used in this sweeping education legislation.

HB 7069 was put together in the final days of the 2017 legislative session by leadership. The bill itself is made up of several pieces of legislation largely comprised of house bills that had not made it through the entire committee process and was mostly not seen by the Florida senate chamber prior to the vote on HB 7069. Mr. White feels that, while within the rules, this does not respect our legislative process and should have been handled better by leadership.

However, the positive impact of HB 7069 can not be ignored. White, a long term proponent of school choice and other free market principles being introduced into our education system, calls this legislation a good start to fixing some of our chronically failing public schools while also providing more help for students with disabilities, being more flexible on test protocols for 3rd – 6th graders and even creating a “Founders Month” in which children will learn to be proficient in civics.

The most controversial portion of the legislation, the Schools of Hope, which would give more funding to charter schools in chronically failing school districts, White calls the “right thing to do.” A 2015 study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes, published by Stanford University, found that “urban charter schools on average achieve substantially greater levels of growth in math and reading relative to local TPS” (traditional public schools).

Furthering this, a 2014 study by Mathematica Policy Research performed one of the few studies on non-testing based education outcomes and found that students from charter schools on average had higher graduation rates, college entrance rates and higher median incomes as adults.

Even data used by the opponents of the legislation show that the majority of charter schools in the state of Florida rate the highest grading of an A or B (55%) while the majority of the traditional public schools receive a C or below grade (56%). Mr. White acknowledges the higher amount of charter schools receiving a failing grade than the traditional public schools (18% compared to 12%) but urges opponents to also understand that these failing charter schools are eliminated in Florida if they do not improve while traditional public schools will continue failing our students in perpetuity.

In the coming weeks the Bob White for Florida Governor team will be releasing Mr. White’s “Children First Education Plan” in which his goal is to have individual based outcomes and education plans for children to ensure that every child in our state can have the highest level of success in education.

BOB WHITE ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR GOVERNOR

BOB WHITE ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR GOVERNOR

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BOB WHITE ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR GOVERNOR
Pledges to be a champion for the people of Florida

Melbourne, Florida – Monday, May 22, 2017 – Robert “Bob” White of Melbourne has filed to run for Governor of the state of Florida. Bob White is a fourth generation Floridian with a passion for politics and an unwavering commitment to the Constitution and limited government. He serves as the Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida (RLCFL), Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida (RLCCEF) and is the founder and former Chairman of the Liberty Catalyst Fund (LCF).

Having witnessed first-hand the growing influence of special interest money on the political and legislative process in Florida, White made a personal commitment to the issues of political integrity in Florida elections and meaningful campaign finance reform. He has been instrumental in establishing the Come Clean Florida coalition as the vehicle for achieving these reforms.

“For the last eight years I’ve been going to Tallahassee during the legislative session to promote Liberty issues; limited government, personal freedom and free markets. I’ve seen the environment in Tallahassee change dramatically during that time. The people of Florida have lost their voice in the legislative process. It’s been drowned out by the dark money politics of the special interests and the politicians that are only too happy to play their game. The special interests have their champions in Tallahassee. Politicians line up to do their bidding in exchange for their six figure contributions. The people of Florida need a champion too! I will be their voice! I will be their champion!”

Mr. White will make his official announcement Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 2:30pm before the Republican Liberty Caucus’ national convention being held at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819. The event is open to the public and press.

Open Letter to the People of Florida

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My Fellow Floridians,

I’m running for Governor because I love Florida. I’ve been a Floridian since the day I was born. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

I grew up in Polk County, in the heart of the Florida citrus industry. As teenagers, we earned our spending money picking fruit, pruning trees, and moving irrigation pipe before and after school. We even worked “firing” the groves when the temperatures dropped below freezing. As a fourth generation Floridian, some of my fondest childhood memories are of family reunions on the shores of Silver Lake, near Palatka, or at my grandparent’s home in Okeechobee.

To be sure there are places in Florida where that idyllic lifestyle still exists. I hope we never lose that part of our heritage. But the reality is that times have changed. Florida is now the third largest state in the nation and is experiencing every advantage and disadvantage that kind of population growth inevitably brings. Growth presents opportunities and challenges. We need a government in Tallahassee that embraces the opportunities and rises to the challenges! Sadly, that’s not what we’ve been getting. I aim to change that.

The people of Florida have lost their voice in Tallahassee. It’s been drowned out by politicians pandering to the dark money politics of special interest groups. Millions of dollars in campaign cash are being laundered through political committees (PCs) that are able to accept unlimited contributions from rich and powerful special interests. They make exorbitant donations to each other in order to keep the dark money off campaign finance reports, effectively hiding the source of the donations from the voter. Trust me, the politicians keep track of who they owe political favors to and legislate in their favor.

There’s a much too powerful political class in Florida. It consists of the politicians, the lobbyists, and the rich and powerful corporations and special interests they represent. It’s an exclusive club and you’re not welcome. In Tallahassee, it’s their will be done, not yours.

My campaign will be about changing that environment. The special interests will have their champion. Politicians will be lining up to do their bidding. The people need a champion too. I’m running for Florida. I’m running for you! I’ll be your champion! I hope you’ll join us.

In liberty,
Bob White