School Choice Group Shells Out Big Bucks for Amendment 8
The American Federation for Children, a national organization that backs school choice, has contributed $290,000 to a related Florida group that is sending out mail pieces, according to newly filed campaign-finance reports.
The contribution, dated Oct. 1 on the state elections website, went to the Florida Federation for Children, which is headed by prominent school-choice activist John Kirtley. In July, the American Federation for Children also sent $300,000 to the Florida group.
The records show that between Sept. 29 and Oct. 12, the Florida group spent $265,638, with almost all of it on direct mail. While the reports don’t detail the nature of the mail pieces, voters this fall will cast ballots on a proposed constitutional amendment that could help clear the way for the state to offer vouchers to send children to religiously affiliated private schools.
That ballot proposal, Amendment 8, would repeal part of the state constitution that bans public aid to faith-based organizations. School choice also has been an issue in some high-profile legislative races this fall.