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Saturday, June 20, 2015
Florida's bad education bills that failed.
From the Tampa Times, with my commentary.
CAMPUS GUNS (FAILED): Repeals an existing law banning concealed weapons from college campuses. (HB 4005/SB 176)
The answer to guns on campus is not more guns.
CHARTER SCHOOLS (FAILED): Requires school districts to share construction and maintenance money with charter schools. (HB 7037)
Perhaps the worst bill I have seen in years. Nobody forces a charter school to open and sharing even more public money with for profit companies is a terrible idea
CHOICE (FAILED): Allows students to attend any school in the state that has space. (HB 1145/SB 1552)
A can of worms that didn't need to be open.
CLASS SIZE (FAILED): Gives school districts flexibility to meet the constitutionally mandated limits on class size. (HB 665/SB 818)
This would have been the final nail in the already neutered class size amendment coffin.
COLLEGE PRESIDENTS (FAILED): Creates public records exemption for state college and university presidential searches. (SB 182/HB 223)
Sunshine may make things more difficult but that doesn't make it any less important.
COACHES (FAILED):Requires the immediate termination of any coach who is ejected from an organized athletic event involving children 12 or under. (HB 479/SB 238)
Oy vey, nuff said
CONSERVATIVE MOVIE (FAILED): Requiring all middle schools and high schools to show students the film "America: Imagine the World Without Her." (HB 77/SB 96)
I thought only liberals forced their point of view on people (sic)
K-12 GUNS (FAILED):Allows designated schools employees to carry concealed weapons on school grounds. (HB 19/SB 180)
Again the answer to guns is not more guns. Is the answer to cancer more cancer?
UNIFORMS (FAILED): Encourages school districts to adopt mandatory school uniform policies for grades K-8 by providing a cash incentive. (HB 7043/SB 1474)
Districts I believe can already choose for themselves.