November 27, 2022
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Collier County education: Put children above politics

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The Greater Naples Chamber works every day to help build and maintain a great community with a great economy. One of the most important aspects of a community is its schools. Great schools attract (and develop!) great citizens. And, fortunately, we have a high-performing public school system.

For the 2021-22 school year, Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) students and staff once again earned an “A” rating, continuing a successful “A” streak dating back to 2017. Additionally, the district’s graduation rate has improved to 92.7% in 2021 from 72.5% in 2011, a 20.2 percentage point increase.

If we want to maintain that quality of public education, we need to have a dedicated and knowledgeable school board – a board whose priorities are focused on high-quality education for our children.

Michael Dalby

Three school board seats are up for voter consideration in November. With a five-member school board, three members will control the votes, the direction, and the quality of public education in Collier County. 

In Florida, local school board elections are nonpartisan. That’s in our state’s constitution. The framers felt that child education and welfare needed to be above politics.

Unfortunately, in the upcoming CCPS school board elections, three very partisan challengers are seeking to turn our public schools into a platform for their political beliefs. And to get there, they are playing fast and loose with politics verses facts.



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