Bush Backs Bills

Legislation that could open up a pipeline to funnel state dollars to religious schools is being dubbed the Religious Freedom Act.

The Florida Education Association, the ACLU, and a slew of Democrats are fighting the plan.

“This bill will do nothing more than further religious discrimination in this state,” said State Representative Adam Fetterman.

Supporters say the plan would protect businesses and charities with a religious affiliation from being discriminated against in the dash for state cash.

“This amendment simply says that if the government is spending money and there are religious organizations that apply for that money, they can’t be discriminated against,” said State Senator Joe Negron.

A similar plan was pushed through the legislative process by Former Governor Jeb Bush, but in 2006 the state Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional.

Bush reemerged shortly before the start of this year’s legislative session pushing drastic education reform.

More tax dollars for private schools is still on the agenda.

State Senator Dave Aronberg says Bush is having his best session to date.

“He may not be here, but his presence is being felt here. A lot of legislation that is being pushed has his name all over it,” said State Senator Dave Aronberg.

The Florida Education Association, who successfully defeated Bush’s merit pay plan, says it’s not fair for the former governor to be pulling the strings.

“Yes he is but he doesn’t have to face the voters anymore and he doesn’t have to face you guys,” said Pudlow.

If the Religious Freedom Act passes both chambers, voters would get a change to weigh in on the issue in November.

The last legislative hurdle is the state House.

The Religious Freedom Act is soaring through the Senate… but with just two weeks left in this year’s legislative session the House may run out of time to hold a hearing on the issue.

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  • by minty Location: nfla on Apr 20, 2010 at 06:46 AM
    Private schools are supposed to be funded by the parents who can afford to send their children to them. Churches are supposed to be funded by 10% of it's loyal patrons paycheck. These places are supposed to have a budget and support themselves. Public schools are supposed to be funded by tax dollars, because we can't afford private schools. This is a mess, our tax dollars may be shared with schools that are supposed to support themselves. Kinda like a bank bailout.
  • by anon Location: here on Apr 20, 2010 at 04:22 AM
    To disagree with Bob, save whales and babies only to wait and kill the babies later years in a contrived war over foreign oil. Boy Scouts are not bad - just scout leaders who molest are bad. Homosexuals can be doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers, city officials, politicians, did one of them do you wrong? More money needs to go the right way to public schools. Private and religious schools should never get funding from public tax money UNLESS they ALL give up their tax exemptions and pay full taxes on all of the properties they own and income they recieve. The day that you are allowed to pass public money to religious groups should be the day public (tax) money should be allowed to pay for abortions and ANYTHING else and the government should be able to impose policy on Christian Schools. Those who supports Jeb et al in slowly choking public schools into closing may find that the public will refuse to pay school tax assessments if it is only funding these private run for profit schools.
  • by David Wussler Location: Tallahassee on Apr 20, 2010 at 03:09 AM
    Original Bob- "excellent Christian schools"? Like the Catholic ones where young boys have been raped and sodomized for decades, and the pope himself helped cover it up? If that's your idea of excellent, I don't even want to hear what your bad ones are like. And Jeb! and his little punk buddy Rubio are as Catholic as they come. Keep them both in Miami where they belong. And what doesn't Jeb! get about being the "former" governor? Even his dipstick brother has enough brains to know that if you're not in elected office anymore it is insane to continue the fantasy that you're in charge. He acts so concerned about education in Florida, but he and his two sons all went to a university in Texas. Go back to Texas and run for governor Jeb! Otherwise no one except your lily-white right-wing religious nutjob buddies cares what you think anymore. -David Wussler
  • by Freespeech Location: Cocoa on Apr 20, 2010 at 12:15 AM
    Can we please have separation of Church and State. This is Devious Jeb's plan to privatize all schools. Jeb you are not Governor for Life. Stop meddling in Crist's governance. Go back to Texas go anywhere just get out of Florida.
  • by The Original Bob Location: Perry on Apr 19, 2010 at 07:49 PM
    Typical. Democrats oppose anything and everything that is decent and right. Save the whales, kill the babies. Homosexuals are good, Boy Scouts are evil. Continue pouring money into failed public schools, withhold funding from excellent Christian Schools. This type of world view is the product of a depraved mind.
  • by Jonathan Swift Location: Tosche Station, Tatooine on Apr 19, 2010 at 07:36 PM
    Jeb, like Dick, is a Dark Lord of the Sith. Darth Rubio is his protege. Wake up, people!
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