by Edd Doerr
On Nov 6 Florida voters rejected, 55 to 45, a proposed state constitutional amendment designed to allow diversion of public funds to church-run private schools through vouchers. On the same day Indiana voters ousted state school superintendent Tony Bennett, who had displayed his disdain for teachers and his support for diverting public funds to church-run private schools through vouchers, even though he outspent his Democratic challenger, teacher Glenda Ritz, by 4 to 1 in a state that went for Romney. One month later the Florida state school board appointed Bennett as the new state education commissioner, thereby showing their contempt for voters, for public education, and for the religious freedom of citizens not to be forced by government to support religious institutions.
Florida and Indiana conservative politicians seem to have little regard for either voters or their state constitutions.
(I sent this letter to periodicals in Florida and elsewhere as president of Americans for Religious Liberty.)