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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature are violating the constitution

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.

In case you are wondering paramount means, greatest in importance or significance and adequate cannot mean return spending back to 1976 levels. Adequate cannot mean gutting education budgets to the bone.

I also couldn’t find anywhere in the constitution that said, tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations are more important than education. Though the way Rick Scott and the legislature are acting you would think that would be its opening sentence.

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