Florida Teachers, Parents Push for School Dollars at State Capitol

A bus load of Bay County Educators started their day a little earlier than normal.

Florida's statewide teachers union has put more than two million pennies on display to promote a temporary one-cent per dollar sales tax increase.

News Channel Seven's Education Reporter, Kristy Wolski, hopped on a bus at 5 this morning to take a trip to Tallahasee in order to catch the action on camera, and bring it back home.

Wolski will be with them as they deliver the pennies to the state legislature.

The Florida Education Association wants lawmakers to raise the state's current 6 percent sales tax by 1 percent point for three years and dedicate the proceeds to public schools.

The union put on its penny demonstration Wednesday near the Florida Capitol. Each penny represents a student in the public school system, and the one-penny increase in sales tax that teachers are asking for to support public education.

PTA members from across the state also were set to rally there later Wednesday against any more budget cuts for schools.

Stay tuned, Kristy Wolski will bring the rally to you, later this evening.

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