Tallahassee needs to focus on public schools, not charters and vouchers.

Our public education
system is designed to benefit us all whether we have a child attending a school
or not. This means when we start to weaken it by diverting funds to mostly for
profit charter schools which have been marred by closure and scandal after
closure and scandal and to vouchers which funnel money into barely regulated
schools lacking both financial and academic oversight we are all harmed.
Article
nine, section one of the Florida Constitution says: The education of children
is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida. It is, therefore,
a paramount duty of the state to make adequate provision for the education of
all children residing within its borders. Adequate provision shall be made by
law for a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free
public schools that allows students to obtain a high quality education and for
the establishment, maintenance, and operation of institutions of higher
learning and other public education programs that the needs of the people may
require.
The system has been set
up so that we have no idea how students that attend schools with vouchers paid
for with taxes diverted from the state coffers are doing. Also over 260 charter
schools have opened taken public money and failed leaving families and
communities in a lurch leaving behind mostly for profit charters behind. I am
sure neither of which can be what the framers of our constitution envisioned
when they wrote the article above. The three headed monster Tallahassee has
created over the last few years is neither uniform,
efficient and in the case of vouchers and charters high quality.
In the New Year, Tallahassee
should scale back charters and vouchers and invest in our public schools and
that’s not just my and millions of people’s opinion, it’s what the Florida
constitution demands.

One Reply to “Tallahassee needs to focus on public schools, not charters and vouchers.”

  1. Public school as we know it is on life support. Jeb Bush opened the gate and the horses, the corps are way out of the barn. Poor white and minority kids will be turned into profit as they go from program to program for most if not all of their lives. Everyone's waiting on the apocolypse, but its already here: for profit charters.

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