Florida is broken for public education and so many others too.

For a long time now the republican dominated state
legislature has blamed teachers and public schools for the ills of society.
They have hoped people wouldn’t notice that they have saddled them with bad
policies and a lack of resources and they have used flowery rhetoric like
school choice and accountability to fuel their privatization agenda.  Well who holds them accountable because it
certainly has not been the voters?
In Florida they have sent tens of millions to for profit
charter schools and over a billion to unregulated private schools. All reputable
studies also say as a group we have no idea how voucher schools are doing
because they have barely any accountability measures in place and charter
schools as a group perform worse.   
When Speaker Crisafulli adjourned the house three days early
without a budget agreement, he not only thumbed his nose at 800 thousand
uninsured Floridians, teachers and students but at all the citizens for Florida
as well and not by just shirking this important responsibility as they have
also ignored the will of the people with the class size amendment and with the acquisition
of conservation lands.
Florida needs a better mechanism than elections, where just
a third of the people because they are so disillusioned or apathetic bother to
participate, to hold our political leaders accountable, because for public
schools and way too many others the current system, just serves special
interests or the selfish interests of those elected.   
Public education should be given to a non-partisan authority
of experts to run and salaries and benefits of legislators should be withheld
until budgets are passed.

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