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Grabbing their attention

There's quite a bit going on in Tallahassee when it comes to the education front. So what is it that the Florida Education Association chooses to focus on entering the final stretch? Vouchers.

The teachers union sent out an urgent alert late Monday asking its members to contact key senators to voice their disapproval of SB 2380 and SB 2382. These bills would expand the Corporate Income Tax Credit scholarship program with a shifting of funds designed to get around the state Supreme Court's findings that tax money can't be used to create a separate public education system.

Regarding 2380, the group says, "As the bill is currently written, it would provide private school vouchers to students from "failing" schools. This failing schools model does nothing to address improving school and student performance. That is where our attention should be focused." It calls 2382 "convoluted" and suggests the transfer of $2-billion to a special trust fund is a ploy for vouchers.

So who are the targeted senators? Democrats Larcenia Bullard, Frederica Wilson, Mandy Dawson, Tony Hill, Steve Geller, Al Lawson and Gary Siplin, and Republicans Paula Dockery, Evelyn Lynn, Durell Peaden, Victor Crist, Burt Saunders and Jim King. Time will tell if they get any input, and if they respond. The Senate session begins at 10 a.m.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:16am]


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