Unions Challenge School Voucher Expansion

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami.com) – The Florida Education Association has filed a lawsuit against the state over a proposed 2012 state constitutional amendment that would repeal the state’s ban on giving taxpayer money to aid churches and other religious organizations.

The potential legal fight could stop the expansion of private school vouchers, which is opposed by union’s including the Broward Teacher’s Union.

“The real goal of Amendment 7 is to give the state legislature the power to promote taxpayer-financed school vouchers that would require Florida’s tax payers to subsidize private schools,” BTU President Pat Santeramo said.

The amendment is also opposed by the president of the Florida School Boards Association and clergy from several denominations.

Also included in the lawsuit is a separate challenge to legislation that will allow the state attorney general to rewrite a ballot title or summary if the state Supreme Court removes legislation from the ballot.

A separate lawsuit was filed by unions over a new law that requires teachers and other public employees to contribute 3 percent of their pay to the Florida Retirement System.

  • UckTheFunions

    Of course they are going to fight it, they freaking unions!!. They want every teacher to get paid the same amount of money regardless of whether they suck or are they a good teacher. You think I want these union members teaching my kids, when they can’t even recognize the benefits of merit pay?

    Out with the Unions, Mr Scott!!

  • OutWithTheUnions

    Of course the unions are opposed!! Why would you even have a union member teaching your kids when they can’t even realize that all unions do, is pay the same salary to all teachers regardless of whether they are good teachers or bad teachers??? How do I know if my teacher is a good one or a bad? Unions don’t care. I want my kids to know that merit pay is the way to go. The harder you work and that doing the best you can do, will get you merit pay and higher wages.

    But socialist unions are against this!!

    Thanks Gov Scott !! Lets get rid of these unions!!

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