On Friday April 20th, Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed HB 5103. In terms of children in afterschool programs, this means the current eligibility criteria for school readiness remain as is. This is a great relief.
However, some version of HB 5103 will be brought up next legislative session. Because of that, we must begin now with our education efforts to legislators and legislative candidates of the importance of quality afterschool programs, particularly as these programs impact academic achievement.
We need to take immediately as we head full steam into the 2012 election season. Now is not the time to sit back and relax. Now is the time for us to get moving so we can avoid what almost happened this year. It is critical that legislators hear from you directly on this important issue that will negatively impact so many children and families throughout Florida.
Please visit www.myfan.org for important data and facts you can use. If you need additional information from FAN, all you have to do is ask.
We thank you for your support!
Chief Executive Officer
Florida Afterschool Network