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Florida House Passes Another Voucher Programby; Diane Ravitch

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' Recent studies agree that students who use vouchers do not make academic gains and are likely to suffer academic losses but, already approved  by their  Senate, the Florida House of Reps. passed another voucher program, this time directly funded by taxpayers. They rejected all Democratic amendments, even one to stop people who had been previously convicted of fraud from opening a charter school!The state constitution prohibits use of public funds for religious schools, and in the past lawmakers used a “work-around,” like tuition tax credits, to pretend that public funds were not going directly to religious schools. This bill avoids the pretense. Money to pay for religious schools will come out of the public fund for public schools. This will harm the public schools that enroll more than 80% of the state’s students.'

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Florida: The Graveyard of American Public Education; Diane Ravitch blog

'Florida has the worst education policies of any state in the nation, and it is about to get even more destructive, more ignorant, more backward and undercut public schools in every way their little minds can imagine; 'and remember that Betsy DeVos points to Florida as a 'model '.. 'A mode of how religious extremists, rightwing ideologues, and uneducated political hacks can destroy public education, drive away teachers, and fund "schools" that indoctrinate students in religious dogma.Jeb Bush started the descent into the swamp of ignorance. Now the torch is carried by Ron DeSantis, who wants to arm teachers, expand the state's voucher programs to include middle-class families with income up to $100,000 a year, reduce the power of local school boards so they can't block new charter schools.'

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