Sen. Thurston: Floridians must oppose bad education bill

Florida’s efforts to save public education started July 1, the day a new state law went into effect that forces public school districts to divert taxpayer dollars to privately run charter and religious schools.

In a cynical effort to expand school choice, the Republican-led Florida Legislature concocted HB 7069, a bill crafted behind closed doors and sprung on state lawmakers in the closing days of the legislative session.

Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law despite overwhelming opposition from educators, parents, school system superintendents and school board members. Floridians should not let this onerous law stand.

The First of July should take on the significance of the Fourth.

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