Attend Constitutional Revision Commission in Gainesville April 26

This is a time to ACT!  The Constitutional Revision Commission hearing is in Gainesville at the Phillips Performing Arts Center on April 26.  Doors open at 4 pm, so get there early.

This Commission is formed every twenty years to hear what the public wants to change in our Florida Constitution.  The members are picked by the Governor, the Legislature and the Judiciary.  We expect that there is a strong partisan group on the Commission who will push for privatizing our schools via vouchers.  There is a plan to abolish the separation of church and state clause that prohibits public money going to private schools.

This is a time for you to be vocal.  We will get a second chance at the ballot box in November, 2018 when the proposed amendments will be on the ballot.  In case any members are hard of hearing, we need to tell them what we think as often as possible.

If you can attend the hearing, bring a three minute speech.  You need a speakers form that you submit at the door.  You can down load it here:

You can fill out a speaker form in advance and turn it in when you arrive.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Constitutionality, Florida.

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  1. If you don’t know what the Blaine amendments are, its time to learn, because they may be gone soon , and that would affect the U.S. in a tremendous way. The Blaine amendments are provisions in a majority of U.S. State legislatures that prohibit or limit the use of public funds for religious schools, helping maintain a separation of church and state that has long been seen by many Americans as a central tenet of our democracy.

    They are called “Blaine” amendments because they were adopted in the late 19th century after Rep. James G. Blaine tried but failed to add similarly strict ban to the U.S. Constitution.

    Some school choice supporters, however, oppose these amendments, Betsy DeVos has long advocated using public funds to pay for private and religious school tuitions and other education expenses. Lawmakers in many states have been have been pressing for tuition vouchers, scholarships and similar proposals that would allow public funds to flow to support religious schools and their students.

    Supreme Court last Wednesday appear ready to break down at least part of the longstanding church-state barrier that has prevented religious schools from receiving public funds. The case, Trinity Lutheran Church vs Comer, could lead to a major shift in the laws on church schools and public funding.

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