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Enough of the top-down education model for Florida, parent activist says



All the back-patting that the likes of former Florida governor Jeb Bush and current Republican chairman and Sen. John Thrasher have done lately over their changes to the state's education system has driven many Gradebook readers and others batty.

Julie Delegal of Save Duval Schools penned a letter to the Florida Times-Union saying enough is enough.

Some of the changes might have done some good, Delegal acknowledges. But it's time to stop acting like the people are peons without a say in what happens, she continues.

"We're onto them," she writes.

"Lawmakers will have to do better than pretend to be kings, instead of elected officials. Real education reform can't happen without consulting teachers and parents - the people who know what's best for their children, not ex-governors. And real education reform can't happen without identifying additional revenue sources for new policy changes and initiatives."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:08am]


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