Just heard a story out of Orlando, FL that a lawsuit is to be filed today charging that Florida has failed to adequately fund education and provide for a system of “High Quality” public schools. This in violation of the state constitution according to the papers filed. The suit charges that Florida’s education budget is inadequate and its low graduation rate and test scores prove that the public schools are not of high quality.
Before school started this year, every evening on the local news all you heard was how much the school budgets had to be cut. No more sports, no more after school activities, field trips etc. Parents constantly being urged to contribute for school supplies, teachers paying for the supplies on their own. Protests by parents and students alike begging to keep certain schools and programs open in the news everyday. School board members kept saying, “We must cut and keep cutting, we don’t have the funds.” We have a state lottery here, with the funds supposedly going to aid education, show me the money and where it goes!
County and State politicians however are always ready to put money in their pockets with contracts for new homes, offices and shopping centers. We don’t need any more houses, hotels and stores there are enough now. Ride down US192 and see all the business closed with buildings boarded up it looks like a ghost town from the Old West. Instead on renovating stadiums and building new arenas use that money towards education and new schools.
Here’s another frostbite on my butt. FCAT, educators do you want student’s grades and standards to improve? Rid Florida of FCAT and start teaching basic education. These kids are shoved that stuff down their throats for half the school year, stop it. My wife went to a store awhile ago and the poor girl working behind the counter had trouble counting to give the correct change, so my wife taught her how. Basic math, science, English start teaching it again and see how your schools will improve. Here’s another hint screen your teachers too many strange birds in the news lately. You know molesters, criminal records, even one that threatened to kill the administrator and some students. Listen to JoeyZ.
Have a nice evening Guys and Dolls and be careful out there.