Florida is at the bottom of the ladder in all educational trends. The last time I looked at tables showing dollars spent per child in education, it was in the bottom 5 nationally. The last time I looked at educational standing it to was in the bottom of the nation. Now, they have wiggled out from the only mandate which was a federal one to attain a degree of excellence.
We are talking of a two tiered educational system that rewards the middle and upper class while totally neglicting those that come from low income or challenged homes. These are the kids that grow into a world where the become the essental but disposible foot soldiers that link those professionals with disposable income to the drug cartels of the world. Once the become successful they are harvested of their gains and sent to fill the prisons of the state.
The average educational level of those in Florida prisons is the 6th grade. That is not even high enough to attend GED programs for a high school diploma. There may not be a causal link to prison and education but for sure there is linkage.
The state of Florida spends more money on prisons than higher education. There is good reason for this and that is because there is more political gold from the criminal justice industrial complex than education. The political gold is endorsements and campaign cash.
1. Obama to Waive Parts of No Child Left Behind
2. No Child Left Behind: 10 States Receive Waivers From Education Law’s Sweeping Requirements
Sounds like politics with waivers as in the exemptions from ObamaCare for big business