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Bill Archer & Sandra Blackburn are retired Public Educators with eighty-three years of professional experience

Daytona Beach]

Submitted to but not published

Dear Governor Crist::

Diane Ravitch, both Bush presidents' prominent advocate for high-stakes testing, charters, choice and vouchers for the past twenty-five years, has recently published a book in which she has recanted her advocacy. She explains how each of the "accountability" elements has contributed to the destruction of Public Education. And Merit pay for teachers who are not in control of the variables that affect student performance and learning is an unworkable and inequitable process that will soon drive the best teachers from the profession and to jobs where they can earn much more income with their highly sought after skills and training.

Ethically, a veto will put you in an optimal position with thousands of scapegoated teachers who are voters and who want the myth of their alleged failures and massive student abuse to end. The tyranny of corporate hijacking of public education needs to end before public school, the engine of democracy and the bastion of equality is completely destroyed. Diane Ravitch was an active agent of the destruction and admittedly complicit. Now that the damage has been so comprehensive she recants. You are up against a juggernaut of determined corporate leaders who know the importance of controlling the educational process. Knowing the truth will strengthen your veto of legislation that would further collapse public education.


Bill Archer & Sandra Blackburn

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