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Democrats cheer education lawsuit



Florida Democrats can't get enough of the new lawsuit.

From House Democratic Leader Franklin Sands: "Not only are Florida schools inadequately funded, but the state's school accountability system is in need of serious repair. It's high time for Florida's education accountability system to be updated so that it no longer focuses so much on how students perform on a single day's standardized test. Hopefully, this lawsuit will help us achieve the necessary changes for Florida to truly have the world-class education system that our children deserve."

From state Sen. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach: "I am hopeful that this lawsuit will shake some sense into a Legislature that has failed to adequately fund public education. The fact is you pay for a cheap education forever, and until that truth is accepted by lawmakers, we will continue to shortchange our kids."

From U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Miami: “Education was a priority in Florida under Governors Bob Graham and Lawton Chiles, but our children’s access to a quality, public education has eroded over a decade under Republican rule. Instead of investing in education by funding the citizen-led class size initiative, paying our teachers the salaries they deserve, and increasing the number of top-notch educators in our schools, Republican leadership in Tallahassee has chosen to pit these necessary aspects of an effective education policy against each other in order to save money for their priorities like tax breaks for the wealthy."

Gelber, who's running for attorney general, also takes a swipe at Attorney General Bill McCollum for not filing a similar suit himself. And his press release includes an interesting excerpt from the Sept. 15 Board of Education meeting, in which board member Roberto Martinez -- a Republican first appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush -- says the BOE's recommended education budget falls short of constitutional requirements.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:42am]


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