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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Rick Scott sets legislative priorities. Priority one destroy public education

He wants to create "Education Spending Accounts" so that parents can take money from the public school system and spend it on outside educational needs. This has disaster written all over it. First where will the accountability be and second who will be eligible for them? This will become welfare for the well off as much needed funds are diverted from public education.

Charter schools would continue to gain strength if the governor succeeds with his proposal to allow a public school to become a charter school with a majority vote of the parents, instead of a majority vote of the teachers. You know charter schools run by for profit companies that overwhelming don’t do as well as their public school counterparts. And where I hate to say it and I think parents should be involved and consulted, shouldn’t it be the experts, the teachers, who ultimately make the decisions? If teachers would have been consulted in policy making, then we would not be in the mess we are in now.

He also is considering asking legislators to adopt the Texas approach to higher education "and better link job market demands to degrees." Not only is Texas’s education system in worse shape than ours but isn’t this a case of if it isn’t broke don’t fix it. Rick Scott’s policies for higher education are just assuring more of the best and brightest either flee the state or don’t come here.

How much more of this man and the republican legislature’s policies that have run education into the ground can we afford to take?

Excerpts taken from the Miami Herald’s Naked Politics blog

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