None of the hacks from Step Up for Students put their name on this morning’s post regarding a group of special needs children’s parents who are “taking on” the Florida Education Association for filing a lawsuit against SB 850. Obviously following the lead of Sen. Andy Gardiner’s opinion piece, SUFS is intentionally misleading Floridians about the nature of FEA’s suit.
Parents of students with significant special needs, including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, are taking on the Florida teachers union over a new educational choice program. Six families from across the state on Thursday are filing a motion to intervene in a lawsuit filed July 16 by the Florida Education Association.
The teachers union is seeking to nullify SB 850, the bill passed by the Legislature last spring that created a new type of K-12 scholarship called a Personal Learning Scholarship Account. The scholarship accounts are limited to students who fall into eight disability categories, and the Legislature set aside enough money to serve roughly 1,800 students.
The families are being represented by Clint Bolick, an attorney with the Goldwater Institute who is nationally known for his work on school choice cases
SUFS post titled, “Parents of students with special needs set to battle FL teachers union” buries the real nature of the lawsuit and their own self-interest at the end of the post.
SB 850 also modestly expanded the state’s tax credit scholarship program for low-income students. Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog, is authorized to administer both programs.
It’s shameful that SUFS, Gardiner and Jeb Bush’s Foundation are misrepresenting opposition to a disagreement on public policy regarding children. It’s been perfectly clear from the start that the FEA’s action was targeting the voucher expansion(tax credit scholarships) part of SB 850 and the legality of the republican senate’s last-minute jiu-jitsu to attach the two bills together.
SUFS’ claim that the expansion of vouchers was moderate is laughable. There’s a $1 billion ceiling. Moreover, this crowd’s bleeding heart propaganda is transparent and won’t fool people very long. Their choice to mislead Floridians entitled to honesty about the way taxpayer dollars are spent on the education of the state’s children crushes the moral authority with which they’ve anointed themselves.