Sometimes strategic change in public policy requires a change in our traditional vocabulary - or at least a clearer understanding of the terms used to discuss the issue. This is certainly the case with criminal justice reform initiatives. There is a large bipartisan base advocating for significant reform in our criminal justice system.
What singular policy issue has lingered in Florida, despite having been discussed for decades, hotly debated in multiple legislative sessions, and subject to expensive lobbying efforts? What issue has induced emotional pleas, received billions of dollars to spend on planning and projects, and continues to be a costly and complex effort? If you answered, “Restoring the Everglades” you win the prize.
Now that the federal government has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, the state of Florida needs to find a good way to honor one of our own: Mary McLeod Bethune, the legendary educator who founded a school for African-American girls that grew into what is today Bethune-Cookman University. I believe the most meaningful way to honor her legacy would be to name a new K-12 scholarship program after her.