Let me lay some knowledge on you. The republicans have been in complete control of the state government for over twenty years. That means they have been in complete control of education policy and we all know they have done everything in their power to starve and harm public education.
They have voted to enrich their donors, family members and for more than a few even themselves with the expansion of charter schools of which over 330 have taken public money and failed.
They have starved public education. This year only allocating an additional 47 cents per student to pay for increased costs and teacher raises and speaking of teacher pay, when you factor in cost of living, Florida teachers are the lowest paid in the nation.
They have funneled billions into voucher schools that don’t have to have degreed let alone certified teachers or recognized curricula.
They ignored the will of the people TWICE with the class size amendment in effect gutting it.
I could go on and on about how they have attacked public education and the teaching profession and by extension children. That is unacceptable to me and how somebody could be a teacher and continue to vote for those policies is mind blowing.
Now are all state republicans horrific and all state democrats saintly? No and I am looking at you Kimberly Daniels but if you are playing the odds your chances of finding a pro public education politician are a lot greater if you support a democrat.
It is like this, I rail against Teach for America all the time, but I know there are some great members and I also know there are some professional teachers that have chosen the wrong field, but if I am playing the odds I want a professional teacher every time.
My republican teacher colleagues, you can be pro gun and anti abortion and vote democrat too. Reasonable gun restrictions are not confiscation and will keep us all safer. You want to keep abortions down? Well allow democrats to put in meaningful sex education, and provide family planning and birth control.
Look I get it, it isn’t going to be easy. I thought Obama’s education policies were dreadful and in 2012 I looked hard for an alternate but there wasn’t one. The thing is if you care about the teaching profession, if you care about public education and the 2.7 million children that attend our schools, don’t you have to look hard for an alternate to the republican party? Don’t you owe it to yourself, and your family and the states children. Don’t you?
It’s time for a change.