The Jeb Bush Legacy

Florida gets it wrong again. In their rush to last-minute passage of the state budget, legislators have approved HB7069, which adds a mere $24 per pupil for public schools (an increase of about half a percent), but $140 million for new charter schools. Also included is a requirement for 20 minutes of daily “free-play recess” in public elementary schools, which isn’t a bad idea; but charter elementary schools are specifically–and bizarrely–exempted from this mandate.