Can republicans in Florida please stop pretending they care about local control?

Like I imagine many of you I don’t, I don’t always
agree with my school board or superintendent. That being said, I would rather they
be in charge of our schools than Tallahassee. Unfortunately the legislature in Tallahassee
emboldened by hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from
charter school companies is seeking to take away local school boards rights to
manage our schools.

They are proposing a constitutional amendment that
would allow the state rather than districts to authorize charter schools.

I personally believe charter schools already violate
the constitution which calls for a uniform,
efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools that
allows students to obtain a high quality education. Having two parallel schools
systems one of public schools managed by local elected boards and one of for
profit charter schools managed by privately appointed boards is neither uniform
nor efficient. That issue will go to court in March.

Along with violating
the constitution by chronically under funding and kneecapping the class size
amendment the legislature now wants to usurp local school boards. Also from the
constitution, The school board shall operate, control and supervise all free
public schools within the school district and determine the rate of school
district taxes within the limits prescribed herein.

It seems to me the
republican dominated legislature only cares about local control when it doesn’t
interfere with its donors and friends making money.

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