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Some conservative Republicans take stance against SB 6



We noted state Rep. Charles Van Zant's opposition to SB 6 last week, not on the grounds that it would hurt teachers, but rather on the notion that if it's so darned important, the state should pick up the bill.

Now comes John Tracy, a candidate for Pasco School Board and an adviser to U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio who heads Pasco's Faith and Family Values Republican Club.

Tracy says on his blog he's all about teacher accountability, but not the way SB 6 would make it happen:

"I do not support SB 6/HB 7189. How can I?  It takes power away from the local school boards and promotes big government on the state level. As a conservative, I do not believe that bigger government is the answer to Florida’s education problems. In fact, in the long run, I believe that bigger government will only cause more problems."

He also raises some nuanced questions about whether the bill's insistence on using test scores to judge teachers would actually accomplish the intended goal.

Interesting to see teachers and archconservatives on the same page, isn't it? Wonder if they agree on anything else.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:58am]


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