I didn't graduate from HS in Florida but since I was there for undergrad, most of my friends were florida kids. Schools in Florida are in sad shape. I'm glad the voucher law was deemed unconstitutional because the money is really needed to energize the at-risk schools. The obvious problem spots are Miami, Orlando, Jax, and Tampa. All of my friends from Miami and Tampa attended catholic school or jewish school. Jax has a great IB magnet program but some of the kids I knew that went there were glad they made it out alive.I'm glad that Jeb's initiative was struck down. Now, if only they take proactive measures to make sure that the money is put to good use, then perhaps the public school system can be revamped.
There are two sides and since one position has been laid out I'll take the other.1. Spending resources to improve public schools will not help current students.2. Private schools graduate higher achieving students while in many cases spending less per student. (e.g. Christian Life High School spends ~$3000/yr/student vs. $4000+ spent on public students in the same district which performs poorly).3. Private schools compete for students and thus have a great motivation ($$$$) to achieve high standards, while public schools have sentiment and only in rare cases $$$.4. I have yet to hear of private teachers going on strike and thus disrupting students.5. Private schools have a better record of improving poorly performing students (though they do have the option of kicking them out altogether which serves as a motivator; but then if you don't want to learn it's a privilege anyway) and not allowing them to become poor students in the first place.