Florida, one of the most corrupt states in the nation

Harvard’s Center for Ethics came out
with a new report measuring the legal and illegal corruption in the states.
Florida faired particularly poor.  The
study said Illegal corruption is “moderately common” in Florida’s executive
branch, Illegal corruption is “very common” in the state’s legislative branch
and no state has a high ranking for illegal corruption in its judiciary. Nowhere
is this more evident than with charter schools.
Not only have charter schools give
hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations for favorable treatment but
legislators like representatives. Manny Diaz,
House Speaker Richard Corcoran, House Budget Chairman Seth McKeel, House
Education Appropriations Chairman Erik Fresen and Senators Anitere Flores and John
Legg all either own charter schools, work for charter schools or who have
spouses that own or work for charter schools and they routinely propose and
vote on charter school legislation that benefits them. Holy conflict of interest
Maybe I wouldn’t care if 313 charter schools
hadn’t taken public money and failed, the Associate Press hadn’t reported that
the state has wasted 70 million dollars on failed charter schools over the last
few years or of charter schools as a group did better than public schools but
they don’t.
What’s Tallahassee’s response to all this failure?
A bill requiring districts to share their local tax base with for profit charter
schools, another making it easier for them to open and nearly double the amount
that public schools get in maintenance funds.
Florida needs to stop the corruption taking
place in Tallahassee and charter schools are a great low hanging fruit place to start.

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