Tag: John Kirtley

A.G. GancarskiJuly 2, 2018
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In the first three weeks of June, state Rep. Jason Fischer, the incumbent Republican in Mandarin (Jacksonville) House District 16, lengthened his money lead against Democratic challenger Ken Organes. Neither candidate faces a primary opponent, making the race in 16 a sprint toward November. Fischer’s political committee, Conservative Solutions for Jacksonville, brought in $21,000; his campaign account received another […]

Peter SchorschJuly 5, 2017
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House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s newly formed political committee raised more 2 million dollars last month. Although the Land O’Lakes Republican has been coy about his political future, with an eye-opening haul like that, it’s hard to argue the Speaker is not at least considering a 2018 gubernatorial run. Included in that $2,060,000 (and change) Watchdog […]

Peter SchorschAugust 23, 2016
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The Florida Education Association has put another $25,000 into the political committee chaired by Orlando Democratic Rep. Randolph Bracy, who is running in a four-way primary for the newly redrawn Senate District 11. The “Floridians for Progress” political committee has brought in $55,000 in contributions from the teachers’ union, which accounts for nearly half of […]

Guest AuthorMay 11, 2016
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Tampa businessman John Kirtley, one of Florida’s leading advocates for children, told the Economic Club of Florida last month that school choice has improved education. But, thousands of students could be forced to return to failing government schools if a lawsuit filed by special interests succeeds in killing the tax incentive scholarship program, he said. […]

Julie DelegalMay 1, 2016

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John Kirtley is at it again. The Tampa businessman who created Florida’s voucher school program is out spinning again for school “choice.” According to the Tampa Tribune, he told a group gathered at the Florida State University Alumni Center that the lawsuit challenging the voucher program’s constitutionality could undo all the good that he says […]

Peter SchorschApril 29, 2016
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In an impressive display of how to dismantle an opponent’s arguments point by point, school choice advocate John Kirtley this week made a compelling case for Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship program. His argument: The program fits squarely within the state’s overall approach to education, despite critics’ claims that it violates the Florida Constitution. It is a part of, not […]

A.G. GancarskiSeptember 11, 2015
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The race between veteran Jacksonville Republican Dick Kravitz and Duval County School Board member Jason Fischer continues, in terms of fundraising, to be a one sided affair. The big donation of August, for Fischer’s Conservative Solutions for Jacksonville PAC, was a $10,000 haul from Tampa’s John Kirtley, who, like Fischer, is committed to educational reform. This brings Fischer’s […]

Julie DelegalSeptember 14, 2014

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Former and would-be Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has defied this columnist’s prediction. Coming out on a policy that has divided Florida for 16 years was definitely against the odds. The Tanned One has chutzpah. The policy is education reform, and, as governor, Crist stood shoulder-to-shoulder with his predecessor, Jeb Bush, for whom education is now […]


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