I should have reported this sooner, but other election returns distracted me.
Jeb Bush’s latest privatization scheme suffered a major setback at the hands of Florida voters.
He and his allies pushed Amendment 8 to allow public funds to flow to religious schools. As usual with “reform” measures, this one had a misleading name. It was about “religious freedom,” but voters recognized it was a voucher scheme and they rejected it overwhelmingly.
Other bad news for the Bush machine: Tony Bennett, the head of Bush’s Chiefs for Change, was whipped.
Tony Luna pushed Bush’s expensive but profitable (for tech companies) ideas about mandatory laptops for every student and mandatory online courses, as well as merit pay and union-demolition. Happily, the Luna laws were crushed and repealed by Idaho voters.