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    Posted 12-02-2019 07:21

    With the 2020 legislative session approaching, now is the time to let our representatives know how crucial Career Online High School is for Floridians. Earning a high school diploma is a life-altering accomplishment. Career Online High School eliminates barriers with the flexibility of a 24/7, fully online format paired with free academic support. Eliminating barriers leads to more graduates. More graduates leads to a greater impact on communities, at a local and state level.


    Your help is needed to get the message out and encourage Florida Senators and Representatives to allocate $750,000 in funding for Career Online High School at the January 2020 budget hearings. With 433 students currently enrolled, it would be advantageous for recurring funding to be approved in the Department of State, Library & Information Services Budget, so that Public Libraries throughout Florida can continue providing this in-demand program.


    How You Can Help

    • Contact Your Representatives
      • Reach out to them directly via email or phone.
        • Find your Representatives and their contact information here.
    • Share Support on Social Media
      • Tag your Representatives in the post.
      • Use hashtags like #Florida and #FlaPol to increase reach.
    • Share Program Success Stories and Testimonials 
      • Know a graduate who's gone onto further their education?
      • Is there a graduate who started a new career with the help of the certificate they earned? 
      • Do you have a current standout student in the program?
    • Ask your staff, patrons, family and friends to share their support.
      • Prepare them with the tools they need to feel confident contacting their Representatives.

    Advocacy Tools & Resources 

    State your support by stating the facts. Use these to help you advocate.


    • FLA Website - View the Career Online High School Infographic, testimonials, and strategies for briefing your Legislator
    • The Graduation Effect - Statistics and interactive tools to show the impact of more high school graduates on your community
    • The Graduation Effect - Infographic on increasing the high school graduation rate in Florida

    As of today, 674 Floridians have earned an accredited high school diploma through the Career Online High School program offered in libraries across the state. In addition to their diploma, each graduate earned a career certificate in one of ten high-growth, high-demand fields to ultimately help them gain higher paying jobs. Additional income results in greater opportunities for Florida with more money flowing into the economy. Advocate for a better Florida by advocating for Career Online High School.


    Your consideration and support is greatly appreciated. Thank you and have a Happy Thanksgiving!


    Craig Clark

    Craig Clark
    Library Director
    Boynton Beach City Library
    Boynton Beach FL
    (561) 742-6380