There are struggling public schools all throughout Florida, and some of them have received little or no funding. Many of these schools often raise funds for their own programs like the arts and other clubs, but Charter Schools just got a big $200 million dollar incentive thanks to the House Of Representatives in Florida’s Congress.

'Special' bill

The Republican majority pushed a spending plan of $200 million through the House last Thursday. Its plan is to attract high-performing charter schools to Florida to be an alternative to a failing K-12 public school.

If the goal is to help students and schools become successful, then why not focus on what needs fixing in the public system than ignoring the problem? Many people often think that by building a charter school, it can help with overpopulation of public schools, but then they don’t address the issues of motivation that are so quickly passed under the radar in public schools.

While charter schools do provide one on one motivation and resources for struggling children, public teachers often have to address the matter outside the classroom and have no support for the parental end to help the student at home and in the classroom. I graduated high school five years ago, and I can tell you myself nothing has changed in public education systems, people are still kicked out of class for eating, mocking the teacher, or just being the failing student while the smart students are often riddled with jokes and bullied by teachers and students alike.

We do not address that public schools are entry level sociological builders for interpersonal and leadership skills, something that most of Florida’s Congress doesn’t seem to understand since they were spoon-fed by their tutors and Ivy League degrees.

HB 5105

HB 5105, known as the schools of hope bill passed in the House of Representatives in Florida after sparking serious barks from some major Democrat players.

Democrats said this bill is “segregating” advantages of public schools and not providing better incentives for children to obtain the education that they wish to have, but few parents can afford. Rep. Patrick Henry from Daytona says that while we overfund the charter schools, the public schools are given less and less each year.

Sounds like a matter of separate but equal in schooling, or so Rep. Henry can attest.

The goal of HB 5105 is to provide charter schools programs that can help Hispanic and black students, which are the majority of students failing public systems. This bill wants to bring successful minority charter schools like in New York and Washington D.C. to help get more blacks and Hispanics out of the poverty cycle and into a college that fits their needs.