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House Republicans turn back Dem attempts to scuttle charter school bill

by John Kennedy | April 21st, 2014

House Republicans beat back efforts Monday by Democrats looking to scuttle a proposal that would further fuel the already explosive growth of charter schools in Florida.

The legislation (CS/HB 7083) is opposed by Palm Beach County and other school districts. It would make it easier for “high-performing” charter school companies operating out-of-state to enter Florida.

The measure also would require school districts statewide to use a standard contract, which districts say will hurt their ability to negotiate with charter school boards.  It likely faces a final House vote today.

House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, earlier promised a “massive expansion” of school choice options this spring. But so far, fellow Republicans in the Florida Senate have proved a hurdle, rejecting key provisions of the
charter school bill and another to expand private-school vouchers.

“I do understand that we have two chambers in this building,” said Rep. Manny Diaz, R-Miami, sponsor of both efforts. “Our bill is going to be a little different than theirs.”

With the Legislature opening its final scheduled two weeks, the fate of the charter bill, voucher effort and another House-backed, but Senate-rejected proposal to grant in-state college and university tuition to children of undocumented immigrants, will all be likely tied to wide-ranging negotiations between the two sides.

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3 Responses to “House Republicans turn back Dem attempts to scuttle charter school bill”

  1. Jane doe Says:

    Two steps for integration and 3 steps back to segregation. Wow

  2. Joe Says:

    This has nothing to do with segregation of the races Jane. This is about steering public money into private companies owned by republican campaign contributors. This is about reducing the clout of the teachers union and eliminating student achievement testing requirements and common core which is not done at charter schools. Charters also have the ability to remove problematic students from their roles and kick them back to public school. Just imagine the benefits obtained if public schools could lop off the worst performing 5% of students and expel any with discipline problems. That would provide a tremendous boost in teacher job satisfaction and improve the overall experience for students who actually want to learn. I have no doubt scholastic achievement results would soar across the board by removing the bad element. Since this is not possible in the modern USA we do things like create a charter school system to segregate the bad students from the good ones. Now if the majority of better students just happen to have lighter complexions can you label this as outright racial segregation or is it just a symptom of a larger problem in the minority neighborhoods spilling over into our public school system?

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