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Tax Raisers Slam Voters For ‘Lack of Investment’ in $355 MILLION Florida School District

Deep Thought 42 Wrote: Aug 16, 2012 1:00 PM
Two comments: 1) I served on a district committee to evaluate an issue. Once we reached a general consensus, the district assist supervisor heading the committee announced that he would have to run it by the union to see if they would be willing to accept it. Hmmmm. 2) After one of the meetings when he was complaining about the bureaucracy and logistical nightmares of changing anything, I spoke with him and said, "Our budget comes out to about $11,000 per student per year." He said that was about right. I suggested, " Why not just close the district down, give every student a $9,000 voucher, and let the private market fix things. The county would save about 20%, there would be a lot less headaches, and the results would be better."
Don't Tread On Me3 Wrote: Aug 16, 2012 3:03 PM
"I suggested, " Why not just close the district down, give every student a $9,000 voucher, and let the private market fix things."

Then what happened? Did his head explode? Did he look at you like you'd asked for naked pictures of his family? Did he point at you & make a weird hollow alarm croaking like the pod people from _Invasion of the Body Snatchers_ or yell "Tea Partier! Tea Partier! Extremist!"? ...
Earlier this week, voters in Florida’s Marion County school district went to the polls and defeated a union-supported effort to raise property taxes, which would have “saved” music, art and library programs.

In response to the narrow 52-48 percent vote, tax increase advocates became unhinged. The superintendent of schools, who made no mention of reforming compensation packages for employees, told the Ocala Star-Banner , “(The vote) means that the community does not support music, art and library programs.”

The group pushing for the tax, Marions United for Public Education, offered a more searing indictment, courtesy of...