Jenna Lyons of the Orlando Weekly writes:
"They saw red, so they wore red. Fed-up teachers all across the country, in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky and North Carolina, used the color as their symbol of solidarity. Calling out underfunding, stagnant wages and scant benefits, a wave of teacher strikes has made headlines since 2018.
Teachers are standing up for a fair wage. And here in Florida, Orlando educators want to lead the movement in the state. Under law, they can't strike, so they have to voice their dissent through other means.
Teachers wearing red packed the July 30 Orange County Board of Educators meeting. The day before, they had made history by voting down a proposed contract agreement between the school district and their union – the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association (CTA) – for the very first time.
...The state budgeted $21.1 billion for education in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Overall per-student funding was at $7,408, more than $4,300 below the national average of $11,762, according to the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added]. For the upcoming 2019-2020 fiscal year, the state increased overall K-12 funding to $21.8 billion. The base student allocation also went up to $4,279.49, this time a difference of $75 instead of 47 cents."