Parents, educators, community groups pressure FL Gov Scott to veto voucher bill

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Excerpted from the Miami Herald, 06/14/14, by Kathleen McGrory

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Parent and teacher groups are turning the pressure up on Gov. Rick Scott to veto a proposed expansion of the state school voucher program.

Members of the Florida PTA, grassroots parent groups, the Florida Conference of NAACP, the League of United Latin American Citizens and the statewide teachers union have launched a campaign against the bill, which they say will drain taxpayer dollars from already cash-strapped public schools.

“We stand united in our opposition to voucher expansion,” said Mindy Gould, who oversees legislative affairs for the PTA. “The governor needs to know that.”

Scott has not indicated whether he will sign or veto the proposal, though he has been generally supportive of school choice bills. Spokesman John Tupps said the governor’s office would review the legislation.

The clock is ticking. The bill (SB 850) arrived on Scott’s desk Friday. He has until June 28 to act. . .

Other groups involved in the campaign against the proposal include the Florida School Boards Association, the League of Women Voters, the Spanish American League Against Discrimination and the Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center in Miami, according to the PTA.

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Reader Comments

  1. That’s the idea—to criticize traditional public schools and teachers, to then take monies away from these schools and give the money to private schools through voucher programs, and to charter schools- allowing these schools to have more offerings than the traditional public schools, and to then say that voucher programs and charter schools are necessary because the traditional public schools provide a sub-par education.

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