|Lobbyist Jorge Luis Lopez gets the finger from Lobbyist Ron Book.|
In Jorge Luis Lopez's letter in the Miami Herald today he takes issue with the Legislature's plan to divert Public School funds to Charter Schools. What a colossal bad idea that is. Jorge Luis Lopez says:
Adding the requirement to share capital funds with charter schools will place many school districts such as Miami Dade’s in a precarious financial position.Jorge, I will give you Erik Fresen's address go beat him up. Or better, find someone to run against him. If you do either, I will never write anything bad about you: I promise.
In fact, it is estimated that the Senate bill would result in an estimated loss of $198 million to Miami-Dade over four years and force the general fund to cover the shortfall in the capital plan.
Charter schools already receive $55 million in capital-tax funding, as opposed to school districts, which receive none. While the establishment of charter schools provides an alternative to Florida families, it is imperative that the state allot public funds to them responsibly and not to the detriment of the public school system.
With that other slug Renier Diaz de la Portilla (Miami Dade school board member and charter school cheerleader) running for State Rep., public schools will be facing a two pronged effort to be gutted. Strike while the iron is hot - get two viable candidates if you are sincere in helping our public schools!
Just a note of caution, I wouldn't beat up Renier, if I were you Jorge, as his two brothers are hot heads, and we all remember feisty little Renier's battle with the Lacasas at that radio station. Fresen is a safe bet, only Rubio and Rivera would come to help in and they both appear to have a pretty short reach.