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Universal vouchers get shrug from BOE member, too



martinez.jpgFlorida Gov. Rick Scott’s pitch for vouchers-for-all may have sent shivers down the spine of the state’s education establishment. But it’s not exactly getting a warm embrace from the anti-establishment.

As we told you before, this national voucher guy doesn’t like it, and this local voucher guy doesn’t either. House Speaker Pro Tem John Legg, R-Port Richey, didn’t exactly give it a thumbs up. Neither did state Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland, the new chair of the Senate PreK-12 appropriations subcommittee.

Now comes voucher supporter Roberto Martinez, a Florida Board of Education member, who tells The Gradebook he doesn’t see the idea gaining traction any time soon.

“Unless we have changes to the constitution, that’s not going to happen,” Martinez said, adding he was not aware of any legislative moves for a constitutional amendment. “I don’t spend a lot of time talking about it because there are a lot of other things that need to happen (besides vouchers) to make where we’re at even better.”

"I'm pro (school) choice. Having choice is a good thing," he also said. But "choice is not a silver bullet."

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 8:34am]


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