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Erika Donalds ready to revive Florida childhood education


Erika Donalds is the vice chairwoman of Collier County School Board and she’s on a mission to make improvements to childhood education throughout the state of Florida.

When it comes to K-12 education, Florida sits at No. 29 . In 2017, it earned a C from Quality Counts .

Erika currently sits on Florida’s Constitution Review Commission. As part of the panel, Erika hopes she’ll be able to get one step closer to see her ideas come to fruition.

“Most of my ideas are about education,” Erika said during an interview with HelloSWFL.com. “I would like to put term limits for school board members limiting them to two terms. … I’ve proposed Superintendent be appointed as opposed to elected. Right now the (State) Constitution allows for both.”

Part of Erika’s vision is in line with United States Secretary of Education , Betsy DeVos. The ideal plan is to have American tax dollars follow students even if they attend religious or private schools.

Most educators don’t agree, but Erika thinks otherwise. “Competition is great! Public schools want to compete for those dollars too, and I’d like to see that.”

Proposals for any revisions to Florida’s Constitution will go on the ballot for 2018 elections.

If you’d like to weigh in on whether or not tax dollars should follow the student no matter where they attend school, please send your comments to stories@HelloSWFL.com.

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