You see despite being charged with running our pubic education system Scott and the board neither believe in nor support our public schools. If they did rather than trying to privatize our public schools with charters that as a group perform worse and vouchers which resist accountability they would be working to improve our public schools. If they did they would listen to the concerns about testing, accountability, a lack of resources and privatization and attempt to address them. I am completely befuddled how Rick Scott an insurance executive and Gary Chartrand the chair of the board and a grocer by trade who sent his children to exclusive and expensive private schools, can dismiss the experts in education. How is it possible that they think they know better?
Some of you might be saying what about the board and Scott's proposal to fund education at a previously unseen level, to which I reply isn't it good to be education in an election year. The problem is last time Scott ran he promised not to cut education and then did so by 1.5 billion dollars and coupled with the damage he and the board did the last four, I am not sure public education can survive four more years of him and a state board who would rather dismantle our public schools rather than work to improve them.
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