Education fund opposed to Amendment 3 receives $750K from nat’l teachers unions


The Public Education Defense Fund, a group affiliated with the Florida Education Association, received $750,000 from national teachers’ union organizations between Sept. 29 and Oct. 12, newly filed records via the News Service of Florida show.

The fund has received a total of $2.25 million this year, with much of the money going to fight two proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot. The fund this month sent $250,000 to a group opposing Amendment 3, which would place new limits on state tax revenue.

Earlier, it provided $1 million to a campaign to defeat Amendment 8, which would repeal part of the state constitution that bans public aid to faith-based organizations — a change the FEA fears could help lead to taxpayer-funded vouchers to send children to religious schools.