Florida Democrats Go After Republicans on Education Policy


State Democrat Chairman Rod Smith took advantage of the bad news on FCAT to let republicans have it yesterday. From the Miami Herald:

“The problem isn’t our public schools or our children — the problem is that the Republican Party has demonstrated a complete inability to run Florida’s public education system,” Smith in a statement. “Over the last decade, Republicans have railed against public schools, consistently underfunded them, required our teachers to teach to an ever-changing test and then feigned surprise when our students performed poorly.”

Smith’s quote was  good one, but he’s late to the party. Alex Sink’s  feckless campaign in 2010 against Rick Scott hardly made mention of education policy. Democrat opposition to the republican’s agenda has been  represented by a few legislators like Nan Rich and Dwight Bullard.
 
At any rate, Smith’s statement is a signal that the state’s Democrats will be opposing Rick Scott in 2014 with education policy part of its platform.  Up to this spring’s Parent Trigger fight, Democrats couldn’t be counted on to be unified. All 12 senate Democrats stayed together to help defeat the bill.

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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2 Responses to Florida Democrats Go After Republicans on Education Policy

  1. Sandra says:

    Unfortunately, the Democratic Estabishment doesn’t have too much solid ground to stand on when it comes to education reform. Jeb and Duncan are on the same side and when they speak, it’s the same narrative. Both Establishments are complicit.

    • Bob Sikes says:

      (Forgive me in advance) One has to hope for change. In this instance, its the Florida Democrat Party. Battles over education policy now take place in state capitols. The FCAT writing fiasco, brought increases scrutiny to yesterday’s FCAT Rreading Score release. As a result, folks wjo were once on the sideline are finally questioning the wisdom of Jeb Bush’s test-based education system.

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