GULF BREEZE, Fla. --- The U.S. Department of Education confirmed through letters sent to the office of Richard Corcoran, Florida's Education Commissioner, that Florida missed the deadline to receive $2.3 billion dollars in much needed aid to our local school districts.
School systems across the state of Florida including the Santa Rosa County District Schools have repeatedly expressed concerns regarding the financial strain their systems are under. These budget shortfalls have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic as student enrollment is down and 80+ teachers were either fired or laid off last year.
Superintendent Karen Barber and the Santa Rosa County School Board have openly discussed having to get creative in exploring how to possibly obtain funds from "impact fees" to support the school district.
Superintendent Karen Barber, who now spends more time talking about critical race theory than advocating for much needed federal funds, is reluctant to speak out against the irresponsibility of the Governor, because he is a Republican. In an effort to publicly flex her "conservative" bonafides, Dr. Barber frequently quotes bibles verses she recently committed to memory, and she repeatedly mentions her support of a radical right-wing republican agenda. She is heckled at school board meetings and at Santa Rosa County Republican Party monthly meetings, by conservative members of her own party, who often refer to her as a RINO (Republican In Name Only). But in an embarrassing attempt to placate the corrupt Q-Anon wing of her party, moderate voters are questioning whether her allegiance lies with the Republican Party or with the children, parents, and teachers of the Santa Rosa County School District.