Monday, February 27, 2012

Yes, I agree with a lobbyist today. By Geniusofdespair

Lobbyist Jorge Luis Lopez gets the finger from Lobbyist Ron Book.
Yes, I do admit some Lobbyists do good things tucked away in their repertoire of self-serving deeds. Some of those lobbyist are Dusty Melton (billboards, Boy Scouts), Ron Book (some of the stuff for the homeless and sex abuse victims), and now Jorge Luis Lopez.

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.

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.
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.

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.


Anonymous said...

Jorge Luis Lopez, Fresen and the DLP's are all very good friends - going drinking together / dinner parties at each others' homes type of friends.

Geniusofdespair said...

Not surprised, but do you really think I ever thought anything I wrote was REALLY going to happen?

Ross said...

One of my favorite stories about charter school abuses is this one:

Bankrupt charter school in Tampa is taken over by sketchy Scientologists who indoctrinate the kids, pull out the fire extinguisher pipes to sell for scrap, and now the state wants to give charters capital funds that further enrich their private owners?

Anonymous said...

There is a candidate running against Eric Fresen. In fact, he says, Eric Fresen is the whole reason he is running because he is against everything Eric Fresen stands for. His name is Ross Hancock. He is an ardent environmentalist, pro-education, against charter schools. He's a good guy. Check him out:

Anonymous said...

"Ron Book (some of the stuff for the homeless and sex abuse victims)"
Google Ron Book and read his wiki write up and you may just change your mind about "homeless and sex abuse victims" I personally heard him say his daughter was molested by a monster for 6 Years and he wishes he could send the Books ville people on a barge in the Atlantic. Question, what kind of parent prevents his child to confide in him?

Geniusofdespair said...

I did say SOME of the stuff didn't I last Anonymous?

Don't judge other parents. We don't know what went on in that family. The fact that the Book family wants to do something positive because of their experience is good -- I just wish he would stop fundraising for his family's cause from Government entities.