Dereliction of Duty

Endnotes

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.
5 See People For the American Way press release, Court Strikes Down Florida Voucher Law, August 5, 2002.
6 S.V. Date, "Florida Voucher Reprimand Takes on Political Prisoners," Palm Beach Post, December 14, 2003.
7 Mathew Pinzur, "Voucher Schools Mostly a Blank Slate," Miami Herald, December 9, 2003.
8 See People For the American Way research, Jeopardizing a Legacy: A Closer Look at IDEA and Florida's Disability Vouchers.
9 See People For the American Way research, Unaccountable by Design: Corporate Tuition Tax Credit Schemes Drain Millions from States.
10 Kimberly Miller, "Vouchers Don't Help Disabled Students," Palm Beach Post, December 8, 2003.
11 A + Plan, from the Florida Department of Education web site.
12 S.V. Date, "Florida Voucher Reprimand Takes on Political Prisoners," Palm Beach Post, December 14,2003.
13 Kimberly Miller, "100 Private Voucher Schools Suspended," Palm Beach Post, December 17, 2003.
14 Denise-Marie Balona and Linda Kleindienst, "Troubles Grow for Voucher Schools: State Investigators Are Looking into Reports of Financial Problems and Lax Management," Sun Sentinel, December 12, 2003.
15 Audit: Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship Program, Florida Department of Financial Services, December 10, 2003.
16 Kimberly Miller, "State Probe Cost Voucher Group $2 Million, Leader Says," Palm Beach Post, January 3, 2004; S.V. Date and Kimberly Miller, "Biggest Distributor of Vouchers Quitting," Palm Beach Post, January 15, 2004.
17 Kimberly Miller, "State Probe Cost Voucher Group $2 Million, Leader Says," Palm Beach Post, January 3, 2004.
18 S.V. Date, "State Probes Voucher School Over Forged Check Allegations," Palm Beach Post, January 24, 2004.
19 S.V. Date, "Florida Vouchers Praised, Panned," Palm Beach Post, November 30, 2003.
20 "Editorial: School Double Standards," St. Petersburg Times, August 3, 2003.
21 Jim Ash and Kimberly Miller, "State Audit of Voucher Programs Ordered," Palm Beach Post, September 19, 2003.
22 Denise-Marie Balona and Linda Kleindienst, "Troubles Grow for Voucher Schools: State Investigators Are Looking into Reports of Financial Problems and Lax Management," Sun Sentinel, December 12, 2003.
23 Jim Ash and Kimberly Miller, "State Audit of Voucher Programs Ordered," Palm Beach Post, September 19, 2003.
24 David Royse, "Education Candidate Wallace Attacks Opponent Gallagher on Vouchers," Associated Press, October 15, 1998; Jodi Wilgoren, "Florida's Vouchers a Spur to 2 Schools Left Behind," New York Times, March 14, 2000.
25 Cover Letter from Tom Gallagher (Chief Financial Officer, Department of Financial Services) to F. Phillip Handy (Chairman, State Board of Education) regarding an audit of Florida's three voucher programs, available on the Department of Financial Services website.
26 S.V. Date, "Voucher Group Head Accused of Looting $268,000," Palm Beach Post, January 30, 2004.
27 S.V. Date, "Florida Voucher Reprimand Takes on Political Prisoners," Palm Beach Post, December 14, 2003.
28 "Editorial: Voucher Oversight, The Florida Board of Education's Refusal to Apply Even Minimal Housekeeping Principles to its Prize Voucher Experiment Does Not Deserve a Passing Grade," St. Petersburg Times, December 14, 2003.
29 Kimberly Miller, "100 Private Schools Suspended," Palm Beach Post, December 17, 2003.
30 "Editorial: Vouchers Beyond Repair," Palm Beach Post, December 21, 2003.
31 S.V. Date, "Florida Voucher Reprimand Takes on Political Prisoners," Palm Beach Post, December 14, 2003.
32 Kimberly Miller and S.V. Date, "380 Students Getting Vouchers for Home-schooling," Palm Beach Post, November 6, 2003.
33 ibid.
34 ibid.
35 James Madison K12 Academy web site.
36 Rebecca Catalanello, "Public Funding Launches Virtual School for K-8," St. Petersburg Times, August 2, 2003.
37 Joni James, "Wrong Students in Virtual Schools," Miami Herald, September 23, 2003.
38 ibid; "Horne: Department Will Find Money for Kindergartners in Virtual School," Associated Press, September 26, 2003.
39 S.V. Date, "Virtual-School Mix-Up May Cost Taxpayers $1 Million," Palm Beach Post, January 8, 2004.
40 Eleanor Sobel, "'Virtual' School is Ill-Timed Giveaway," Sun-Sentinel, September 1, 2003.
41 Joni James, "Wrong Students in Virtual Schools," Miami Herald, September 23, 2003.
42 S.V. Date, "Governor's Office Says Virtual School Program Veiled," Palm Beach Post, December 30, 2003.
43 Kimberly Miller and S.V. Date, "380 Students Getting Vouchers for Home-schooling," Palm Beach Post, November 6, 2003.
44 Stephen Hegarty, "Backlash May Be Looming On State's School Reforms," St. Petersburg Times, April 14, 2003.
45 Tasha Joseph, "Black Legislators Urge Jeb Bush to Abolish Assessment Test," BET.com, May 29, 2003; FCAT Fact Sheet, Florida Department of Education.
46 Tasha Joseph, "Black Legislators Urge Jeb Bush to Abolish Assessment Test," BET.com, May 29, 2003.
47 Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, "Florida Boycotters Say Standardized Tests Unfair to Minorities," Fox News, May 30, 2003.
48 Tasha Joseph, "Black Legislators Urge Jeb Bush to Abolish Assessment Test," BET.com, May 29, 2003.
49 Brendan Farrington, "Third-Graders, Parents Protest FCATs," Miami Herald, August 5, 2003.
50 Lesley Clark, "Bush Hears Concerns Over FCATs," Miami Herald, August 13, 2003.
51 Thomas Tobin, "Bush Declares A-Plus Plan Success," St. Petersburg Times, November 14, 2003.
52 Mathew Pinzur, "NAACP Claims Bias in Schools," Miami Herald, August 29, 2003.
53 Tasha Joseph, "Black Legislators Urge Jeb Bush to Abolish Assessment Test," BET.com, May 29, 2003.
54 Thomas Tobin, "Bush Declares A-Plus Plan Success," St. Petersburg Times, November 14, 2003.
55 "Editorial: Jeb Fudging on His Scores," Palm Beach Post, November 24, 2003.
56 "Some Scores Not Counted in FCAT," Associated Press, April 15, 2002.
57 Kimberly Miller, "Education Board Votes Rooted in Politics, Local Member Says," Palm Beach Post, December 23, 2003.
58 Kim McCoy Vann, "Florida High School Graduation Rate Worst in U.S.," Bradenton Herald, September 18, 2003.
59 Melanie Ave, "Improved Schools May Lose Students," St. Petersburg Times, July 21, 2003.
60 Mathew Pinzur, "Miami-Dade Students Bailing on Failing Elementary Schools," Miami Herald, June 11, 2003.
61 ibid.
62 Mathew Pinzur, "Principal Targeted Low-Score Students," Miami Herald, July 2, 2003.
63 Press Release: State Senator Questions Horne's Progress Report on Florida's State of Education, Senate Democratic Office, December 12, 2003.
64 "Editorial: No on Amendment 9," St. Petersburg Times, October 27, 2002.
65 See People For the American Way, An Urgent Crisis, An Effective, Affordable Remedy.
66 Tyler Bridges, "Education Gets a Boost: Class Caps, Pre-K Win," Miami Herald, November 6, 2002.
67 See People For the American Way research on Florida's class size reduction.
68 Stephen Hegarty and Anita Kumar, "Voters Decide Price No Object for Schools," St. Petersburg Times, November 6, 2002.
69 "Editorial: No on Amendment 9," St. Petersburg Times, October 27, 2002.
70 Steve Harrison, "Class-Size Cap's Next Challenge Is Finding Funds," Miami Herald, November 7, 2002.
71 Joni James, "Lawmaker Pushes for Repeal of State's Cap on Class Size," Miami Herald, December 14, 2002.
72 "Panel Puts Vouchers in Class-Cap Bill," Associated Press, April 1, 2003.
73 Steve Harrison, "House Cementing Its Class-Size Bill," Miami Herald, April 24, 2003.
74 Joni James, "Plan Set to Cut Class Sizes in State," Miami Herald, May 16, 2003; Mathew Pinzur, "Smaller Classes a Test in Dade," Miami Herald, June 17, 2003.
75 Vickie Chachere, "Bush Signs Bill Implementing Class-Size Amendment," Associated Press, June 9, 2003.
76 Mathew Pinzur, "State Board Urges Repeal of Class-Size Amendment," Miami Herald, August 20, 2003.
77 "House Speaker to Support Plan to Put Class Size Back on Ballot," Associated Press, August 28, 2003.
78 "Lawmaker Petitions for Class Size Repeal," Associated Press, October 30, 2003.
79 "State Education Board Endorses Repeal of Class-Size Amendment," Associated Press, August 20, 2003.
80 See People For the American Way, An Urgent Crisis, An Effective, Affordable Remedy.
81 Rich Brooks, "Legislature Uses Duck and Cover to Deal With Class-Size Amendment," Sarasota Herald-Tribune, July 12, 2003.
82 Marc Caputo, "Edison Schools Accepts Buyout," Miami Herald, November 13, 2003.
83 ibid.
84 "Editorial: Investing in Irony," St. Petersburg Times, September 26, 2003.
85 Bill Cotterell, "This School Investment Isn't So Sound," Tallahassee Democrat, October 6, 2003.
86 "Edison Investment Is Risky Business for Retirees, Groups Say," U.S. Newswire, November 13, 2003.
87 "Editorial: Investing in Irony," St. Petersburg Times, September 26, 2003.
88 Marc Caputo, "Edison Schools Accepts Buyout," Miami Herald, November 13, 2003.
89 AFSCME Investigation Reveals Mismanagement by Florida Trustees, from the AFSCME Florida Council 79 web site.
90 Statement made by Phil Handy, chairman of Florida's Board of Education. Source: Kimberly Miller, "100 Private Schools Suspended," Palm Beach Post, December 17, 2003.
91 Audit: Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship Program, Florida Department of Financial Services, December 10, 2003.
92 S.V. Date, "Voucher Group Head Accused of Looting $268,000," Palm Beach Post, January 30, 2004.
93 Kimberly Miller and S.V. Date, "Brokers Get Piece of School Vouchers," Palm Beach Post, August 10, 2003.
94 S.V. Date, "Voucher Audit Triggers Crime Probes," Palm Beach Post, December 12, 2003.
95 S.V. Date, "Voucher Group Head Accused of Looting $268,000," Palm Beach Post, January 30, 2004.
96 ibid.
97 ibid.
98 S.V. Date, "Voucher Audit Triggers Crime Probes," Palm Beach Post, December 12, 2003.
99 S.V. Date, "Bush Aides Considered Fabricating Voucher Explanations," Palm Beach Post, November 12, 2003; "Bankruptcy Papers Raise Issue of Where Scholarship Funds Went," Associated Press, September 26, 2003.
100 S.V. Date, "Voucher Group Head Accused of Looting $268,000," Palm Beach Post, January 30, 2004.
101 Kimberly Miller, "Vouchers Don't Help Disabled Students," Palm Beach Post, December 8, 2003.
102 Kimberly Miller and S.V. Date, "Brokers Get Piece of School Vouchers," Palm Beach Post, August 10, 2003.
103 Stephen Hegarty, "Disability Heals But Voucher Remains," St. Petersburg Times, October 4, 2003.

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