Florida Constitution Committee Keeps Alive an Education Surprise

Proposals to ask voters in November to expand vouchers and school choice were given a predicted green light Friday as a key committee of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission moved forward in what is a top priority of Florida’s Republican leaders.

The biggest school choice victory of the day was the unanimous vote of the Education Committee to advance a proposition removing the “Blaine Amendment” language from Florida’s Constitution, which the Florida Supreme Court has said is the obstacle to allowing public funds to pay for vouchers at religiously affiliated schools.

But one proposal defied the foreseen tide of school choice measures and came from an unlikely champion: Miami lawyer Roberto Martinez, an early advocate for school choice in Florida as a longtime member of the Florida Board of Education under former Gov. Jeb Bush.

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