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House Speaker Bashes Teacher’s Union Right Out of the Gate

November 23rd, 2016 by flanews

A bitter fight between public school teachers and school choice advocates got new life thanks to the Speaker of the Florida House. As Matt Galka tells us, the teacher’s union says their school choice lawsuit isn’t going away, they’re looking for an apology.

If there were any questions about how new House Speaker Richard Corcoran felt about a lawsuit against private school tax credit scholarships, he answered them.

“The teachers union is fixated on halting innovation and competition on education. It is downright evil,” Speaker Richard Corcoran said while addressing the legislature.

He furthered the point when he spoke with reporters.

“”On every possible metric, what they’re defining as fair, is not fair. That’s some subjective crazy-ass notion that they have that is completely false,” he said.

The scholarships help mostly low-income minority students go to private schools. But the state’s largest teachers union says the speaker owes them an apology.

Florida Education Association president Joanne McCall says the legislature approved program is unconstitutional.

“First and foremost he owes us an apology. And second of all if he’s going to be the leader of the house, he should be reaching out to people who can make a difference,” she said.

She even took to social media tweeting the speaker her number and inviting him to talk about what’s best for students in the state.

“I do not expect that phone call but I would hope he’d be big enough to do that but if we truly care about the kids in this state it’s incumbent upon him to pick up the phone and give me a call,” she said.

The lawsuit is now in the hands of Florida’s Supreme Court and both sides are waiting to see if they will hear or dismiss the case.

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