Rep. Marlene O’Toole plays parents, students, teachers for fools

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We heard Rep. Marlene O’Toole didn’t like the money course and that’s why she is the sole blockade between students and financial literacy education. But it turns out she does like it … she just doesn’t have time for it. Like a bad April Fools joke.  

She just told AP’s Gary Fineout as much

I’m sure students, teachers, and parents, who have nothing else going on in their lives, can appreciate her tough position – there is just too much to do besides equipping students with the life skills they need to be successful in life.   

Except her non-support support doesn’t add up. 

This is a piece of legislation being pushed by the Florida Council on Economic Education, with Jeff Atwater on their board. Backers include the Florida Chamber of Commerce, The Florida Bankers Association, the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, the Florida Prosperity Partnership, etc. etc. etc. 

Did I mention it also has 40+ House co-sponsors and 10+ Senate co-sponsors? 

What’s the deal, Rep. O’Toole? If you support it, why don’t you let it be heard?

Speaker Will Weatherford said it pretty well:

“Being successful after graduation is directly related to how well we equip our students for success before graduation. This is especially true when it comes to being financially literate in an increasingly complex global economy.” 

It’s plastered all over

Maybe Speaker Weatherford and President Don Gaetz will ask Marlene why she doesn’t have time for parents, students, and teachers?

We all want to know.  

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