I spent my entire K-12 educational experience in the Citrus County School System. I’m immensely proud of that fact.

My time as a public school student, while obviously not perfect, was good. I received a solid education that prepared me for college and beyond. I had teachers who invested in me and helped me to grow as a student and as a person. The opportunities to try new things and explore new passions were made readily available to me.

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"If our public education is not making the cut, the solution is not to drive money away and place it in private education, but rather to pour more money in and make public education what it should be for all students."

Ms. Stewart, that is exactly what we have done for the past 60 years with absolutely no improvements to educational outcomes whatsoever. The current system cannot be fixed. Children are now sent out into the workplace without a proper education. Vouchers give parents a chance to provide a decent education to their children and they put great pressure on public schools to improve upon the education they are providing.


Thank you for this column in defense of public education. I think you're wrong about the motivation for expanding vouchers. Maybe some parents believe it will increase student opportunity, but for the politicians and lobbyists pushing to eliminate income requirements and expand eligibility, the destruction of public education is a feature rather than a bug. Unfortunately, it looks like Floridians will have to experience losing public education before they understand its value. Same with the public university system so many generations worked so hard to build.


Thugs beating up a 9 year old girl on a school bus. Teachers being assaulted and being beaten by students with zero consequences. The school systems are being destroyed and if not tended to really soon they will completely come apart.

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