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Rick Scott talks education in Clearwater

GOP hopeful Rick Scott talked education with a teacher in Clearwater during a stop to greet the diner crowd at Lenny’s.

Sean O’Flannery lamented Tallahassee’s control of schools and his support of the Senate Bill 6 effort designed to overhaul teacher tenure.

Scott agreed O’Flannery, saying he doesn’t statewide measures like the FCAT are adequate. Asked for his education plan, Scott told the teacher he would release one soon but cautioned what is going to work in Clearwater won’t work elsewhere.

"And also a school's color," Scott said. "If you're 70 percent African-American, you are going to deal with different issues."

The teacher agreed.

-- John Frank


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True Blue

Sorry Sean, you're a failed candidate for the school board and that crook will be a failed candidate for Governor.


Lt. Col. West 'blacklisted' from charity gala
Claims Democrat challenger's wife 'prodded' sponsors to complain

Posted: July 23, 2010
12:30 am Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

Lt. Col. Allen West

Allen West, a retired U.S. Army officer and GOP candidate for Congress in Florida, claims he was disinvited from a high-profile charity fundraiser after his Democratic rival's wife "prodded" donors to protest and "blackmail" the organization.

West, the GOP candidate for Congress in Florida's 22nd District, and his wife, Angela, had accepted an invitation from the South Florida Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to be honored as South Florida Finest Couple on Sept. 24. They agreed to raise $10,000 for the foundation in accepting the nomination.

However, West said he received a phone call from the executive director of the foundation requesting that he and his wife withdraw from the affair.

"She informed me that she has received complaints from certain individuals who have threatened to withdraw their support to the Cystic Fibrosis gala event if Angela and I are honored," West wrote in a July 19 letter to event Chairman William Lewis posted on Pamela Geller's Atlas Shrugs blog. "She humbly asked if I would agree to step down and allow the event to proceed and not disrupt the support to the foundation. These individuals have called and complained to the National Foundation decrying 'politicizing' of the event."

West said he was told the foundation could lose as much as $200,000 if it kept him on the list. His name has been removed from the foundation's list of honorees. In his letter, he demanded a formal letter of apology to his wife.

West also said he has evidence that the person behind the complaints to the foundation was the wife of his Democratic challenger, Rep. Ron Klein.

"It has come to my attention that the McCloskey and Levy families are the donors who have threatened to withdraw support due to prodding from the wife of Congressman Ron Klein," he wrote. "I find this reprehensible, disgusting, despicable, and petulant … but indicative of the hideous side of South Florida politics which I condemn. There is proof of this, to include an email trail, and I would appreciate your honesty when this becomes a topic of inquiry."

Klein's office neither released a statement on the allegations nor returned WND's requests for comment.

However, one of the donor families named in the letter blasted West in a comment on the foundation's Facebook page. Andrea Levy wrote:

I have cystic fibrosis and my family has been supporting the foundation for 20 years now. We are dedicated to foundation in their efforts to improve my quality of life and the lives of 30,000 others. … Allen West is speaking lies about my family and it hurts me deeply. As someone who is directly dealing with the disease, my family would NEVER I repeat NEVER withdraw their support for CFF for any reason EVER. The truth is the CFF asked that he step down from being honored since he is a political candidate and the election is 6 weeks after the event. As a non profit organization, they are not suppose to involve themselves in politics and it gives the impression that the foundation is endorsing a candidate. Don't believe everything you read! My family and Congressman Klein have done nothing wrong. The foundation simply asked Allen West to kindly step down and this is the maturity that he shows!
The Broward-Palm Beach New Times reported Klein invited Levy to Washington, D.C., to attend President Obama's September 2009 speech in favor of national health-care reform

vote for sink, gelber, crist

If Rick Scott has his way with education, the Bush family will continue to profit from FCAT (google Neil Bush profits from No Child Left Behind), classrooms will be overcrowded, teachers will lose their jobs, and schools will be underfunded. This will force parents to resort to the wonderful word "choice" that Scott likes to throw out. Unfortunately, "choice" means that only certain kids will qualify for vouchers. These vouchers may send them to a private school with worse educational standards. They also will probably not be enough to cover an entire private school tuition. The school is probably also further away from the child's neighborhood public school, making it inconvenient for the parent. The neighborhood school is now left with less funding because that voucher takes money away from the neighborhood school. "Choice" also means web-based learning and home schooling. Our children will sit in front of computers all day and never leave the house, which will do wonders for social skills and obesity. Guess who's pushing web-based learning and home schooling. Ask Rick Scott and Jeb Bush. Guess who was pushing Senate Bill 6 which would make Florida a very unattractive state to teach in. Ask Rick Scott and Jeb Bush. There are quite a few people who stand to profit from the fall of public education. Do some research to see which legislators (who voted for SB6) have something to gain from "choice." As for charter schools,
It's scary how some people really believe that Bush handed this fabulous, thriving economy over to Obama and then he managed to run our country into the ground in just a few months. The stimulus (speaking of jobs) has managed to save the jobs of many public school teachers in this state and has saved many classes from being cut. Great news for parents of kids in public schools. Bad news for those who believe in "choice." How about making a great neighborhood public school one of our choices?

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