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Florida's education system needs reform — not recklessness

Is it just me, or does someone else think that the people overseeing public education at the state level would like nothing more than to end the system and turn over the task of teaching our children to charter conglomerates, online educators and pricey private schools?

Yes, new options have a place, but not at the expense of our neediest students. We need education reform, not education recklessness. …

If Clearwater restaurant server Alexandra Chaar had won $700,000 in the 1980s, she could have invested those winnings and probably yielded $140,000 a year in returns — enough to live comfortably for the rest of her life.

These days, she would be lucky to get back $28,000 a year. It's refreshing that she wants to keep working, but at 21, she doesn't have much of a choice if you look at it long term. I guess $700,000 just isn't what it used to be. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Today's Mighty Oak Is Just Yesterday's Nut. …

Bright House Network's Jen Holloway will play host to Crime Stoppers' inaugural Coast Riders Motorcycle Run this weekend. It starts Friday with a kickoff party at the Postcard Inn in St. Pete Beach, and the 31-mile ride on Saturday concludes with a party at Clearwater's Coachman Park. Go to crimestopperscoastriders.com. …

Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet will arrive Thursday to help kick off the opening of the Florida State Fair. They'll flip the switch on the midway, attend the annual governor's luncheon and actually hold a Cabinet meeting.

But the big question: Will Scott take a turn on the fair's giant slide? He passed last year, but sliding down this time just might help ramp up his approval rating.

That's all I'm saying.

Florida's education system needs reform — not recklessness 02/05/12 [Last modified: Sunday, February 5, 2012 6:40pm]

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