"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." - Thomas Jefferson 1820

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Now in the Florida Senate. Coming Soon to a Legislature in Your State?

Education reform looks more and more like health care reform but with one important caveat.  This reform, unlike the Health Care Reform pushed through the  US Senate and House, is bi-partisan. Keep an eye out on your state legislature and its stance on school reform. Florida is perhaps the one of the first states to institute mandates, laws and reforms without due diligence by both political parties:

  • The Florida Senate votes tomorrow without a cost analysis. 
  • Strong political forces denied all public (remember the public pays for the education reform decided on by legislators) opposition to be presented at each step...Parents Across America (Florida) and Florida PTA included.  Citizens drove to the capitol and were denied a chance to speak.
THIS is the Education Reformer playbook (renamed the Elite Reformer playbook?)...it doesn't matter the political affiliation. Citizens and legislators don't know how much the reform costs, conflicting reports come into the Legislature and there is no consensus if this really reforms education or just funnels taxpayer money into crony capitalist organizations, and questions remain unanswered if the process will overwhelm the system with unintended consequences.

Keep an eye on what happens in Florida as this drama may be coming to your state either this session or next.

From "Why Republicans Should be Against Florida's Parent Trigger Legislation"

1 comment:

  1. I certainly hope Missori's state legislator's are better set into their various committee's. In Florida they are NEVER assigned to committee's they know anything about and so they sit up in Tallahassee with stars in their eyes, still crooning over Jeb Bush the Wonderful. Chairman of the Senate Education Committee gets his adive from Bush per his statements before writing or pushing any Education bills!

    Florida is doomed unless we can get a really good deal some Murine and wash all of these "I'm so in love with Jeb" stars out of their eyes. It is all the "good ole boy" junk and we are sick of it!

    More money for Education! Garbage in garbage out - this state has been flat-lined since Bush became governor!!!!!


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