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Could SB 6 be a tipping point ... for everything?



Tipping-point Only history will tell, but SB 6 may mark a turning point in Florida schools, said Pinellas School Board Chairwoman Janet Clark. For years, state lawmakers have been playing a growing role in district affairs, while at the same time shifting more of the tax burden on to districts. That led to a lot of grumbling but not the kind of push back ignited by SB 6.

"My tipping point has long been tipped," Clark told The Gradebook. But SB 6 "may very well be a tipping point for a lot of people."

Clark suggested, too, that outrage with SB 6 may not stop with that bill. She said it's likely to fuel resistance against other accountability measures that have long been unpopular with teachers and parents. "I have a real strong feeling that come November there are going to be a lot of people with longer memories than they've had in the past," she said.

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