Thursday, January 8, 2009

Jan. 8: High Florida Education Grades Certainly Not Because Of Legislature

By Sylvia Gurinsky

The B-minus grade Florida has received from Education Weekly for its public school system can be attributed to good teachers, good students and involved communities.

There is one entity that doesn't deserve credit: The Florida Legislature. They deserve plenty of blame, however.

Teachers have been performing miracles in their classrooms no thanks to Tallahassee, whose philosophy is "Cut the things that are needed most in the state." That includes health care, social services, the environment and education.

Lawmakers have carried that sorry rationale to the current special session.

State Sen. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, pointed out the problems with school spending and higher education in Florida. Those have gotten worse, and so is the budget for Florida's schools.

Yesterday, Broward School Board Chair Maureen Dinnen said that when people come to her, looking for responsibility for budget cuts, she's going to point them toward Tallahasse.

Agreed. The Florida Legislature, once again, gets an F.

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