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Saturday, April 25, 2015
Uh Oh...The Educrats are Going to HATE this Bill!
What a profound shift in thinking, to think that we should put students, parents and families first? Unbelievable, right?
HB 1145 just passed out of the House yesterday, a bill despised by the guardians of the status quo and nearly universally by Democrats in Tallahassee. After all, how dare these taxpayers demand access to great schools, the audacity of it all, right?
But this bill did pass yesterday, and among other things this bill will allow Florida families stuck in failing school districts the flexibility to choose and attend ANY Florida public school that has capacity. One county over, two counties over, or across the state. If they provide the transportation, their children can attend. What a great idea, this will drive careerists in suits nuts--- they will immediately start spinning around like tops, spinning all their opinions about how this is a horrible idea and is going to make things soooooo difficult. Yeah, they hate this--even the educrats that have "R"'s by their name but govern like what they truly are, moderate "D's" Yeah, the same ones that like to condescendingly, deridingly tell parents that "our system knows better than you what is best for
YOUR child"---yeah they'll hate this too. Too bad for them. too bad because this bill it is the right thing to do for Florida students, parents, and taxpayers!
And I am proud to say that our coalition of school board members the FCSBM, has strongly supported this and other student/parent-centric legislation.
Finding any wide media coverage of this profound bill is more difficult than taking a clear picture of the Yeti, but a few outlets are covering this.
From the Bradenton Herald:
"The House on Friday voted 80-36 for a bill that would let children enroll in any school in the state regardless of where they live. The provision is included in a comprehensive education bill that now heads to the Florida Senate. If the bill (HB 1145) becomes law families could enroll in any public school if it has space. Families would be responsible for taking their children to and from the school."