Governor Rick Scott insisted that he would not take any of Washington’s tainted money. Some would say that its poetic justice, if it were not for all the constituents that are caught in the cross hairs. In politics they call it “collateral damage” or as Mitt Romney would call it “creative destruction.”
Remember the latest feel good phrase: “We want less government in our lives!” Well my friend, this is an example of less government and the scary part is that an entire state suffers because of the misguided allegiance to a party, rather than the people that elected now Governor Rick Scott.
Gov. Rick Scott did not hesitate to tell all that would listen, that he would reject any monies [$2 Billion to be exact] coming from Washington, regardless if it were needed [to build a high-speed rail line] or not and proceeded to do just that!
Gov. Scott proclaimed that he didn’t want Washington’s money and quickly took to the airways to let all his constituents know that he was standing firm in his belief, even though a rail system is desperately needed in Florida. There were many that cheered him on, “That’s right! We want less government in our lives!” Now, hold that thought…
Gov. Rick Scott also championed the cause to stop President Obama’s Federal Healthcare, which was subsequently approved by the Supreme Court, in part. Without consideration for the thousands of constituents that were currently without healthcare and no means to pay for private insurance. “That’s right! We want less government in our lives!” Now, hold that thought…
Gov. Rick Scott has also battled Washington by imposing new voting rules and thus throwing Florida in the spot light once again as the state that will more than likely create havoc before the election is over.
After all the disdain that Gov. Rick Scott has shown to Washington and the Federal Government, he suddenly has a change of heart [because Florida has suffered at the hands of hurricane Isaac] and decides that maybe having some of that “Federal Government Money” is not so bad after all. What happened to “We want less government in our lives?” Now, hold that thought…
So, what happens next! Gov. Scott proceeds to summons his aide to request funds from both FEMA and the White House. Did I read that right? FEMA, which is government and the White House, which is government has a request from Gov. Scott to help the State of Florida? That’s right! But wait a minute! I thought Gov. Scott and his constituents agreed to…No! Demand less government. Remember, “We want less government in our lives!” Now hold that thought…
FEMA and the White House apparently finally got the message that Gov. Rick Scott is serious about not taking money from the Federal Government and to help him stay true to his word, denied his request for Federal Aid and after all, “how would he be able to look his constituents in the eye after taking such a stance on “no government money will pass state line.” Now hold that thought…
You better wake up!!! Now hold that thought…
As Always….. Don’t Be Alarmed . . . Be Informed . . .
Due to a controversial state rule that states that an “F” school must show steady improvement, both schools are on the hit list for closure. For three years both schools have been on the State Department of Education‘s list of struggling public schools, despite steady raising grades, however, the State Department of Education says that the raise is not sufficient enough to keep the schools open. Threatening to shut the school down and issue vouchers for charter schools.
Governor Rick Scott is proposing closing both schools and issuing vouchers for charter or private school. Upon hearing about the voucher program, you might think that it’s a win-win proposition. But if you examine the idea a little closer, it might do more harm than good since the failure rate for charter schools is currently 18 percent, or 15 out of 270 schools, compared to 1.34 percent or 17 failing schools out of 2,280 for public schools.
Another concern should be: what would happen to the students if the state decides not too fund the voucher program? Would the parents be responsible for the cost of the new school curriculum?
“There is no way on God’s green earth that I will recommend the closure of these schools” stated Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho. Carvalho has filed an appeal with the State Board of Education, outlining both schools’ successes and asking for more time, because of extenuating circumstances, to make further progress.
It would be inconceivable to see not one but two educational fixtures that represent so much to the children and parents in the community to abruptly close down, leaving some students, who are seniors and many other students to seek an education outside of their community notwithstanding the psychological affect it would have on the students.
Under Carvalho leadership, both Edison and Central have undergone extensive changes since they were first added to the list of failing schools that faced closure in 2008. Edison and Central have survived coming from the ruins of being an “F” school to a respectable “C” school and still showing steady improvement. Despite all their efforts, both schools failed to meet the federal standards for improvement under “The No Child Left Behind law.”
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Edison and Central have been threatened with closure. In 2006, former Miami-Dade School Superintendent Rudy Crew suggested that Miami Edison High be closed and overhauled.
That suggestion was met with much resistance from the community members, who organized protests and had town hall meetings. The plan was later scrapped. Once again the community is ready to do whatever is necessary to see that both Miami Edison and Miami Central High remain open and continue to play a vital role in their community.
As Lee continued to insist on transparency, his relationship between the directors and CEO’s grew increasing volatile. What is the head of these nursing/retirement home industries hiding?
Periodically, Lee would pay an impromptu visit to the nursing/retirement homes and found evidence of poor conditions, which consisted of insect infestations, rotten food, crumbling furniture and other conditions that create a dangerous environment for the frail and elderly and placed them in harms way.
Unfortunately, Florida is a “Right to Work State” and it’s not unusual for the new administration to act under pressure without full disclosure of all the facts.
“It’s good to be reminded that “It always look easy when someone else is doing it!
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