SCHOOL PRINCIPALS CRITICIZED FOR POLITICAL ROBO CALLS

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Palm Beach County School principals are facing criticism from parents for using the school district’s robocall system to promote a tax increase appearing on November’s ballot.

Unmistakably using the Parkland massacre as a rallying cry for the tax increase, the script — which school principals have been ordered to deliver — promotes the levy with multiple uses of words like “safety” or “security.”

Here is the text of robocalls:


Good evening parents, this is (insert principal name here) with an important message for you this evening. You can help enhance school safety, retain quality teachers, and protect the jobs of over 650 teachers, with the 1-MIL levy on November’s ballot. This countywide plan will be dedicated to hiring additional school police and mental health professionals, continue art, music, physical education and choice programs, and keep experienced teachers in our classrooms. By law the levy expires after 4 years and can not be extended without voter approval. There is an independent committee of citizens and experts who will oversee all spending. Voters in counties across Florida are approving similar proposals for school safety. We need this 1-MIL levy for strong schools and strong communities in Palm Beach County. To learn more, visit http://www.StrongSchoolsPBC.com.”

When questioned, a school district spokesperson provided the following statement:


“The calls parents are receiving are intended to educate them on the impact of the one mil initiative in November.  In compliance with the applicable state law, these calls do not “promote” or “advocate” in favor of the Referendum. We believe that our robo call system is the most effective way to communicate with parents, who have agreed to receive these types of calls, on a variety of topics pertaining to their child’s school.”

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