Kelli Stargel’s Top-Shelf Hypocricy in Labeling Opponents to Her Parent Trigger Bill

Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) took exception to he hometown newspaper’s thumbs down on the parent trigger bill she’s sponsoring. As most observers say that passage of this year’s bill in the senate is a slam dunk, it’s puzzling why Stargel would want to draw attention to herself and her controversial bill. She wrote this in a letter to the editor of the Lakeland Ledger:

Unfortunately, this paper has chosen the defeatist idea that parents do not know or care to have a say in what is best for their children. This is a dangerous mantra believing only the bureaucrats know what is best. I wholeheartedly disagree.


For any Florida legislator to accuse opposition to their education agenda as engaging in mantras is rich. Calling school board members and professional educators that work for districts “bureaucrats”  and that they “know what is best” is an outrageous stretch of top-shelf hypocrisy. It is sanctimonious politicians like Stargel and high paid hacks with the Bush Foundation who have been beating Floridians over the head with the “choice” mantra and forcing legislation on Floridians as if “they know best.”


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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4 Responses to Kelli Stargel’s Top-Shelf Hypocricy in Labeling Opponents to Her Parent Trigger Bill

  1. Lets just ram it down the throat of every parent here in the state of Flori-DUH when no parent wants it!! UGH!

  2. Chris says:

    Here’s a timely quote from Mark Naison, Fordham University professor and education activist:

    “I have yet to meet a person of influence in Education policy, on a City, State or National level ( and I have met more than you might think) who wants to empower teachers, students and parents. Many claim they want to help students, but seem unable to imagine doing this without top down initiatives that involve intensive testing, while viewing technology as a “magic bullet” with a power to overcome the wounds of poverty. They also are prone to assign the most benign motives to those who employ extensive financial resources to influence education policy. Because of this, I am convinced that the only hope for public education in the US depends on a revolt of those who LIVE IT EVERY DAY, not those who legislate policies or are assigned responsibility for carrying them out. Even the best intentioned have a paternalistic attitude toward teachers, parents and students, while the worst seek to subject them to a level of control and surveillance that seem more worthy of a totalitarian state or a power hungry corporation rather than a pubic institution once seen as providing preparation for democratic citizenship.”

  3. tom james says:

    Stargel is Jebster Bush’s watergirl. Her and her husband are bought and paid for by Jebby and the corporatists. This is no big surprise.

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