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Election Altered Balance Of Florida’s School Choice Debate

The state representatives who lost their seats last week had more in common than their political party. 

Three of the six Democrats were classroom teachers who supported the teachers union — and opposed plans to grow the school voucher program. Voucher advocates say they invested “substantial” resources into toppling the three incumbents. 

“The Dems lost their entire education team,” said Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg, a Trinity Republican.

What’s more, observers say voucher expansion is likely to be on the fast track when lawmakers return to Tallahassee.