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Friday, September 7, 2018

Nick Howland and Dave Chauncey's bad judgement on display

When asked about amendment 8, both Howland and Chauncey said they were undecided. Howland even commented about the part of the amendment which limited school board members to two terms, which seems inexplicable since Duval school board members are already term limited to two terms.

More likely the two supporters of privatization were hedging their bets because their financial backers, mostly made up of charter school and voucher interests were overwhelmingly for it, while most public school supporters recognized the amendment for what it was, a poison pill bill meant to undermine local control of schools to benefit charter schools.

Well today the Florida supreme court put the issue to bed and struck it from the ballet.

From the Tampa Times:

... the Florida Supreme Court on Friday ruled Amendment 8 should remain off the ballot. It upheld the order of Leon County Judge John Cooper, who found the measure's title and summary misleading.

The court's ruling on the three-pronged initiative is final. Elections supervisors across Florida are slated to complete their Nov. 6 ballots almost immediately, to have them ready for overseas voting.
The bill was misleading and undermined local control of education and Howland and Chauncey not being able to say they were against it speaks volumes about their motives and priorities.
Neither men are interested in serving locals or maintaining the sanctity of public education and instead were all about serving the charter school interest who are funding their campaigns and if they say different they are being deceptive.  
District's six and two have great candidates who support our public schools and will fight for them.
Joyce Charlotte in six  and Elizabeth Andersen in two,  deserve your support.

1 comment:

  1. In my opinion it should be unconstitutional to bundle unrelated issues in a single Florida constitutional amendment. This only confuses voters. Voters may like one part of an amendment but not the others. This bundling was done on purpose to try and pass an issue that is not widely supported by Florida voters.