It’s not a new idea. In fact it has been part of the suburban playbook for two decades now, and like the previous efforts to make this change. Splitting school districts creates inequities in funding and application without question. But for years some Democrats including the current DNC Chairwoman advocated this sort of legislation because it would favor the suburban communities that they represent and the parents in those areas who might object to much of their tax money going to inner city kids.
My views on this issue which have been long established were articulated by Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho in speaking to the Tampa Bay Times.
“In the countywide structure, you have a better way of mitigating inequitable resource distribution, with property values varying from city to city in the same county.”
“The county acts as an economic and educational equalizer of opportunities.”
This is absolutely correct. The legislation from my vantage point is very dangerous and we will be keeping a close eye on it here at TFS the rest of session. It gives me good reason to actually pay attention to the legislature. If you take your eye of Florida’s lawmakers for any period of time they bring back half-baked schemes like this that could work to create a defacto “separate AND unequal” doctrine in education pop up. The state and its children are never safe when the legislature is in session.