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Florida’s GOP Lawmakers Accelerate Plan To Use Far More Public Dollars for Private Schools

| March 16, 2019

The House Education Committee on Thursday approved a bill (PCB EDC 19-01) that would create a new voucher program, known as the Family Empowerment Scholarship program, which would be open to many middle-class families.

To Protect Public Use of Private Beachfronts, Flagler Calls on Memories of
Long-Timers’ Customs

| May 23, 2018

To ward off a new state law potentially allowing private property owners to fence off beach sands, the Flagler County Commission is enacting an ordinance to preserve public use and forbid fencing.

Judge Rejects Local Districts’ Challenge of Controversial Law Shifting Money To Charter Schools

| April 20, 2018

The controversy highlights continuing tensions between local school districts and the state about oversight and expansion of charter schools, which are public schools but are often run by private operators.

Teacher Unions Protected But Public Funding of Private School Students Advances

| February 20, 2018

The Florida Senate rejected a House proposal to dissolve teacher unions if membership falls below a certain point, but also approved a version of a school voucher program funding private school students.

County Eliminates 15 Jobs, Outsourcing Janitorial Contract Commissioners Had Saved in 2015

| February 5, 2018

Three years ago then-Flagler Commissioner Barbara Revels saved the jobs, arguing they were more important than outsourcing’s modest savings. This time, the commission voted 5-0 to outsource.

Both Sides Pressuring Scott on School Bill That Drew Protest Firestorm from Education Leaders

| June 14, 2017

The bill’s passage infuriated school boards, superintendents, the state’s main teachers and other education advocates. Scott hinted that he was considering a veto at the time.

Lawmakers Are Reducing Florida’s Public Schools To Factories of Failure and Inequity

| April 28, 2016

Time to take a good look at whether the changes we’ve endured — mass privatization, real-dollar funding decreases, high-stakes testing, and loss of local school board authority — gets us closer to carrying out our constitutional duty to our children.

Party On: Flagler Beach Commission Approves Policy For Private Events on Pier, 4-0

| September 11, 2015

The Flgler Beach City Commission Thursday voted 4-0 to approve a new policy regulating how the Flagler Beach pier may be rented out for private parties–and closed to the general public–up to six times a year.

Don’t Privatize The Postal Service.
Build On It.

| March 7, 2015

Blaming deficits created by a bogus retirement-fund requirement, the USPS is closing distribution centers, cutting worker hours, eliminating delivery routes, and slashing jobs. It needn’t be that way, argues Katherine McFate.

Lawsuit Opposing School Voucher Expansion Is Thrown Out Again, Likely Ending Challenge

| December 31, 2014

A judge rebuffed claims by a teacher and two parents who joined the new lawsuit that the expansion of the Tax Credit Scholarship Program hurt them because it could lead to reduced funding for their schools.

Judge Throws Out Union’s Challenge of School Voucher Expansion, But Only on Technicality

| September 24, 2014

The judge gave opponents of the law 15 days to try to amend their complaint and come up with another way to challenge the legislation after ruling that the plaintiff in the challenge, teacher Tom Faasse, doesn’t have the legal right to file suit.

Voucher Scams: Floridians Should Be Fighting the Privatization of Public Schools

| May 6, 2014

We’re decades into a war waged by shadowy business interests and religious groups, working through “cooperative” legislators and governors to gradually undermine most of the state’s public schools and ultimately privatize them, argues Daniel Tilson.

“Opportunity Scholarships”: Lawmakers Revive Vast Expansion of School Vouchers By Riding Coattails of Students With Disabilities

| March 29, 2014

The House Education Appropriations Subcommittee voted 8-4 to introduce the measure, which would bind together a program aimed at students with disabilities and the voucher expansion. Senate leaders last week pulled their counterpart to the House voucher bill, but the measure for students with disabilities remains alive.

The Problem With “Step Up for Students,” Florida’s Voucher Jockey

| March 24, 2014

Step Up For Children CEO Doug Tuthill is shameless about the way his organization–the administrative agent for Florida’s school voucher program–spends lavishly on political races, which may explain why a Senate proposal to vastly expand the voucher program this year foundered.

Bill Vastly Expanding School Vouchers Dies As Questions About Accountability Mounted

| March 22, 2014

The decision represents a defeat for the GOP’s Will Weatherford, who was home schooled as a child and strongly pushed the expansion of the system, which gives companies tax credits for donating to scholarship funds that help children attend private schools. Under the bills, retailers would have been allowed to divert sales-tax payments to the system.

Florida’s Corporate Step-Up Scheme: 51,075 Students Now Enrolled in Private Schools at Taxpayers’ Expense

| July 8, 2013

Under the program, corporations are allowed to take tax credits for money that they contribute to Step Up for Students, which then uses those funds to essentially provide private-school vouchers.

Parent-Trigger Bill Fails on Tie Vote in Setback for Charters and Jeb Bush’s Foundation

| May 1, 2013

In a stunning vote Tuesday, the Senate rejected on a tie vote a controversial bill that would have given parents the ability to register their wishes with a district that’s choosing how to turn around failing schools.

Charter-School Trigger Bill Passes House 68-51; Flagler’s Hutson Among Dissenters

| April 5, 2013

Rep. Travis Hutson was among the Republicans crossing party lines to oppose the bill, favered by the charter-school movement, as it would let parents petition their school district to consider a turnaround option for a school that receives an “F” on the state report card for two consecutive years.

Parent Trigger Bill: A Trojan Horse of Corporate Charter Schools

| March 20, 2013

The so-called parent-trigger bill does not empower parents. Rather, it empowers out-of-state corporate interests and their lobbyists to siphon Florida tax dollars away from our already underfunded public school system, argues Paula Dockery.

Parent Trigger Bill That Would Boost Conversions to Charter Schools Nearing Law

| March 20, 2013

The measure would allow parents to petition their school board to adopt a specific turnaround option for any school that draws an “F” on state report cards for two straight years.

“Parent Trigger” Bill Advances In Backdoor Victory for Charter School Lobby

| March 8, 2013

Supporters say the proposal will improve chances for children trapped in failing schools.Opponents worry that politically savvy for-profit corporations could encourage parents to back the charter school option.

Partisan Vote Approves 401k Plan for State Workers’ Retirement as Showdown Looms

| February 10, 2013

The measure passed the House Government Operations Subcommittee after a contentious and at times emotional three-and-a-half-hour meeting. The bill would require all employees who begin working for the state on or after Jan. 1 to join a “defined contribution” plan.

Voting Time Again as State Asks Floridians To Click on Their Favorite License Plate

| November 26, 2012

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is asking Floridians to vote on one of four choices, online, starting today and until Dec. 14. The redesigned plate with the most votes replaces existing plates beginning in 2014.

Flagler Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston Criticizes State’s License Plate Rule Changes

| October 9, 2012

Citing a likely drop in customer service and an eventual increase in costs, Flagler County Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston joined tax collectors across the state to criticize parts of Florida’s plans to redesign the state’s license plates and end local residents’ ability to get their plates locally and immediately.

Romney-Ryan’s Voucher Plan for Medicare, Long the Third Rail of Florida Politics

| August 31, 2012

GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said the nation must rethink Medicare as he and Mitt Romney propose changing the health-insurance program for 65-and-over Americans to a “fixed-amount” voucher that would essentially privatize the benefit.

A Few Florida Facts for Republican National Convention Delegates

| August 27, 2012

Florida under the leadership of Republican icons like Bush, Scott and Rubio, and supported by proud and unthinking GOP legislatures for the last 15 years, has happily served as the grow house for Republican policies. The results are stunning, writes former lawmaker Dan Gelber.

Prison Privatization Still Unconstitutional As Court Rejects Attorney General’s Appeal

| July 25, 2012

In a victory for police unions, an appeals court ruled against Attorney General Pam Bondi in a long-running battle about the Legislature’s attempt last year to privatize prisons across southern Florida.

As Florida and Other States Privatize Prison Health Services, Care Standards Suffer

| July 22, 2012

Florida and other states, in an attempt to cut costs, are increasingly outsourcing health care for inmates to for-profit companies, but the trend is raising concerns among unions and prisoners’ rights groups.

A Lifeguard’s Soul,
Outsourced to the Bottom line

| July 8, 2012

Thomas Lopez was fired by Jeff Ellis and Associates, the private company to whom Hallandale Beach outsourced its lifeguard services, when Lopez tried to save a drowning man beyond his jurisdiction. It’s an example of privatization’s immoral priorities.

Parent Trigger Bill: Florida Senate’s Rebel Republicans Help Defeat Charter School Ploy

| March 9, 2012

The Senate on a tie vote defeated a bill that would have let parents turn failing schools into charters, the latest and perhaps final victory for a dissident faction of the GOP caucus as the curtain came down on the 2012 legislative session.


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