May 31, 2017
1) Charters still require the Common Core tests, which basically then require the academically inferior, psychologically manipulative standards and curriculum.
2) Charter boards are unelected, unaccountable to parents and the public and may not even be in the same state as the school(s) they oversee.
3) Charters do not work to improve failing schools. There is a higher percentage of failing charters than there are "F" public schools in Florida as admitted in this chart from Jeb Bush's foundation. The KIPP charter school in Jacksonville is a D school.
5) Charters and vouchers are being pushed by Jeb Bush and Betsy DeVos and the corporate/big government education establishment of both parties that gave us Common Core.
6) The bill only gets rid of one test and only does paper/pencil for grades 3-6 when many legislators tried to listen to the concerns of parents and teachers to significantly reduce testing.
7) HB 7069 is terrible legislative process, with the final bill put together in secret at the very end of session only by Speaker Corcoran and Senate President Negron with much not debated or amended on the floors of both chambers and only an up or down vote at the end. Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala basically urged the governor to veto it during floor debate.
9) According to Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, David Simmons, who was one of 3 Republicans to vote against the bill, it i s poorly written and will be complicated, if not impossible to properly implement. Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala basically urged the governor to veto it during floor debate.
11) Speaker Corcoran opposed what he called corporate welfare (public funds for unaccountable private entities) related to the governor's priorities, but had no problem expanding funding for private charter entities.
15) Multiple highly desired provisions like recess and expansion of scholarships for special needs students were used to cover the concerning and objectionable provisions like charter and voucher expansion. Parents involved in these causes are deeply disappointed and angry about the manipulation.
16) This increased funding for charter schools may increase the already high number of charter schools tied to the controversial imam Fatullah Gulen.
There is much spontaneous grassroots parent, teacher, and school group support to urge the governor to veto HB 7069 initially by large margins until the establishment ramped up their social media campaign and charter schools bribed their parents and coerced their teachers to support the bill. Public opinion is still against the HB 7069 even on a more conservative news site: