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Failed Leadership Behind Florida's Education Fiascoes

A comprehensive report released today by People For the American Way explores mismanagement and failed policies in Florida’s education system under Governor Jeb Bush and Education Commissioner Jim Horne.

The report, “Dereliction of Duty: Florida’s Failed Education Policy,” is an accounting and analysis of how Florida’s policies on vouchers, tuition tax credits, homeschooling, high stakes testing, class size reduction and even the management of the state’s pension fund have done a disservice to students, parents and taxpayers.

11th Circuit Upholds Anti-Gay Florida Adoption Law

This week’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to uphold Florida’s law prohibiting gay people from adopting children in the state was an “awful decision” that harms children in need of loving parents and stable families and violates fundamental notions of fairness and equal treatment under the law

Dereliction of Duty

Florida’s constitution clearly provides that state revenues cannot directly or indirectly support religious institutions. Yet state legislators forged ahead, enacting not one but three voucher programs that divert millions of dollars each year to private, religious schools. Following the passage of the Opportunity Scholarship program, People for the American Way Foundation and other education organizations filed a lawsuit in state court contending that the voucher program violates the state constitution.

Dereliction of Duty

The state of Florida is pursuing irresponsible education policies and using taxpayer dollars to the detriment of public education. This report demonstrates how Florida is investing millions for a handful of students in untested private programs, contrary to the will of its people and the requirements of its constitution.

Dereliction of Duty

1 Constitution of the State of Florida, as revised in 1968 and subsequently amended: Article IX
2 S.V. Date, "Florida Vouchers Praised, Panned," Palm Beach Post, November 30, 2003.
3 Education Week, Quality Counts, 1998-2003.
4 "Editorial: Voucher 'Reforms' Can't Conceal Problems," Palm Beach Post, October 22, 2003.

House Judiciary Committee Undermines Women's Reproductive Rights

The House Judiciary Committee’s partisan 20-13 vote to send H.R. 1997, the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act,” to the full House for a vote is another backdoor attempt by anti-choice members of Congress to roll back reproductive choice. This legislation would create a separate criminal offense for causing the death or injury of an embryo or fetus in any state of development. By recognizing the embryo or fetus as a separate legal person, the legislation could erode the foundation of Roe v. Wade and threaten a woman’s right to choose.

DC Voucher Opposition Rally Statement by Ralph G. Neas

Statement by Ralph G. Neas on rally opposing DC voucher plan in Omnibus spending bill

Senate Battle Over Omnibus Bill Blocks DC School Vouchers — For Now

Senators voting to block the omnibus spending bill in Congress Tuesday took a courageous stand against a number of objectionable provisions – including the proposal to force an experimental private school voucher program on the District of Columbia, where educators, parents and students have no voting representation in Congress.

Grassroots Groups Launch Tv Ad Against Flawed Bush Immigration Policy

People For the American Way Joins Coalition

In an effort to spread the word on the fatal flaws in the guest worker policy announced yesterday by the President, a coalition of progressive and civil rights organizations, labor, and immigrant advocacy organizations are launching a Spanish-language TV ad campaign scheduled to hit the airwaves this weekend.

Bush Claims Mantle of Tolerance While Supporting Constitutional Requirement of Harmful Discrimination

Trying to have it both ways, President Bush claimed that he was ‘tolerant’ and ‘understanding,’ but said that he would support a constitutional amendment which would require discrimination against gays and lesbians. Using compassionate rhetoric to distract attention from the cruel consequences of his actions, Bush ignored the reality of the Federal Marriage Amendment: discrimination undermines families and hurts children.

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