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Reaction to Rick Scott's voucher plan: 'There goes public education'



Traditional public school advocates shuddered this morning at news that Florida’s incoming governor was considering a voucherlike program that would be available to all students.

Called “education savings accounts,” the proposal would allow state education dollars to follow students to the schools their parents choose, whether public or private. Although there are few details, such a program could dwarf the state’s existing voucher programs, which are limited to either low-income or disabled students.

“An awful idea,” said Mark Pudlow, spokesman for the state teachers union, told The Gradebook.

“There goes public education,” said Pinellas school board member Janet Clark.

“There had been talk of expansion of the (voucher) program,” said state Rep. Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg. “But that’s not an expansion. That’s a takeover.”

“If what the (incoming) governor wants to happen occurs,” Kriseman continued, “public education as we know it ceases to exist.”

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[Last modified: Friday, December 10, 2010 2:00pm]


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