The Tampa Bay Times says yes, indeed there is evil afoot in Tallahassee. Daniel Ruth calls on his creative writing skills to explain incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s comment that the Florida Education Association (and I suppose the League) is evil for opposing Florida tax credit vouchers for private schools. He calls Corcoran ‘a cunning chap’ for running on a platform emphasizing the need for civility and responsible government. Maybe Corcoran just meant for other people, not himself. Corcoran’s message is anything but civil or responsible.
Ruth says, “Alas, this is Tallahassee where sober judgment goes to die.”
He continues with a quote from Corcoran about a group of professional educators who were trying to protect funding for public schools and opposed Corcoran’s plan to slash the education budget.
Corcoran referred to the educators as ‘the ISIS of the three Rs’.
This is not the rhetoric that leads to constructive approaches to improve student learning. In fact, Corcoran has no apparent interest in negotiating with anyone including fellow Republican Senate President Joe Negron. He was quoted in the Miami Herald : “We are going to govern unabashedly principled and unabashedly conservative….That creates tensions, that creates internal strife.”
Put on your armor; you will need it.