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Florida: Stop the Charter Theft of Public Schools! by Diane Ravitch

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Take action now Florida residents: oppose all bills, including HB 5105, SB 796, and SB 1552, that contain “Schools of Hope/High Impact Charter Networks” language. This is a blatant effort to hand public schools over to charter entrepreneurs.  It creates 2 separate, unequal publicly funded school systems – one under the control of duly elected school boards and the other controlled by outside private corporations under the direction of the appointed State Board of Education. The deck is stacked.This dangerous concept has worked its way into a dozen bills, making it intentionally harder to track. All of this activity feeds the goal of making it easier to slip this bad public policy into one of several massive “train” bills far removed from public view. Florida citizens need  to contact their legislators–by email, by telephone, in person–and urge them to vote against  these bills.'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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