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Statement by Representative Janet Long to veto of SB6

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I strongly commend Governor Crist for taking a stand in support of Florida’s children and teachers by vetoing Senate Bill 6.

“Improving and reforming the education system should be a bipartisan effort developed in concert with Florida’s teachers and others. Unfortunately, Senate Bill 6 succumbed to partisan politics over what is in the best interest of our students, teachers, and all Floridians.

“I believe that changes to the education system should not involve shoving unproven, divisive ideas down everyone’s throats. Major education reforms should include ample opportunity for input or changes, which wasn’t allowed when Senate Bill 6 sailed through the Florida House and state Senate.

“Significant bipartisan-backed ideas for improving the legislation were proposed and were flatly rejected for political purposes. The decision of Republican legislative leaders to ignore widespread pleas to fix the legislation represents the height of arrogance. I am not one who subscribes to the view that somehow state legislators know more than Florida educators know about educating our students.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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