Bush Lackey Defeated; Duval School Board Rejects His Resolution to Condemn Lawsuit Against Vouchers

Since Jason Fischer received the endorsement of Jeb Bush for Duval School Board, he’s carried their water. In 2013, he appeared at the legislative hearing in support of the extremely divisive parent trigger bill. This time, he used the seat on the school board of one one the largest districts in the state to advance Bush’s agenda again. Denise Smith Amos has the story in the Florida Times-Union:

The Duval County School Board on Tuesday rejected a resolution condemning a lawsuit challenging Florida’s school voucher program.

Five board members voted against the resolution — essentially agreeing with the lawsuit — while board members Jason Fischer and Ashley Smith Juarez voted in favor of the resolution.

Fischer, who brought the motion to the board, said the lawsuit against Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship program is likely to be defeated in the courts.

“This will ultimately be a frivolous lawsuit that will cost the state money to defend,” he said.

But other board members said they believe the constitutionality of tax credit scholarships, often called vouchers, is something for the courts to decide.

Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship program uses corporate donations to fund tuition at private and parochial schools for low-income students. The businesses get state tax credits for their contributions.

Proponents contend that the scholarships aren’t using taxpayer dollars. Opponents say they result in less tax revenue available for schools.

This year $357.8 million in scholarships will fund about 69,000 students’ private school educations, mostly at religious schools, including about 5,000 students in Duval County.

The lawsuit was filed in August by the Florida School Boards Association, the Florida Education Association, the state NAACP, the state PTA and others.

Fischer’s concern for taxpayers is rich and the voucher program has no such accountability. Voucher schools aren’t burdened by Common Core and don’t have to take the same tests as do public schools. It’s called separate and unequal, Jason.


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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