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ASK THE GOVERNOR r
For release Monday, May 28, 1962
It's time to "Ask the Governor," when Governor Farris Bryant
answers questions based on letters and comments from Florida
QUESTION: Governor, a letter from an eleven-year old fifth
grader in Orlando is typical of a number received in the wake of
your recent comments on the coming of year 'round education in
Florida's public schools. "There is one thing bothering me," this
boy writes, "are we going to have to go to schools all year long
and not have a vacation?" "I think," he says, "we ought not to
go to school all year because millions of people all over the world
like to have vacations." How about it?
GOVERNOR: Well, I'm for him. No, we are not going to stop his
vacation. Of course, the details of this year 'round plan have in
no sense been finalized. Indeed, they have just been begun. But
the plan generally is not for anyone to go to school any longer
than at present per year, unless they want to do so, but to stagger
the school term so that roughly two-thirds of the children will be
going to school all the time. But inasmuch as you are going to be
using those school facilities all year 'round we won't need as many
school buildings or as many school teachers for the same number of
children to get the same amount of education they presently are. On
the other hand, as children grow older, and particularly as they get
into the college phase of life, if they want to go year 'round and
hurry up their education (and so many of them need to today because
of the demand for educated people is so great) this they can do under
QUESTION: You mentioned year 'round schooling in a recent
address to the Florida Education Association. In that same talk you
said that a need existed for a partnership approach between educators
and government for the solution of problems which concern both.
With the FEA on record as opposing merit pay plans for teachers and
you on record favoring a plan of some sort, if not the present one,
do you think that much partnership is likely?
GOVERNOR: W-ll, I doi't think that has got anything to do with
partnership. We are a partnership, I know, for the goals that we
have in mind. No one would expect everyone to be in complete
agreement on how to achieve those goals and I certainly respect
the FEA for their opposition to this plan and for their reasons for
opposing it at this time. However, I don't want the school teachers
and the administration and the legislators ever to be cast in
opposing roles. It seems to me that it is -- you know how hard I
have fought against sectionalism between areas of the state -- well,
I think I want to fight also against sectionalism between different
areas of endeavor and different areas of the economy. We need,
even though we disagree and even though our interests are different
on particular things, to have a unity of thought and action so far
as our goals are concerned. And this, it seems to me, is quite
QUESTION: Well, how about the entry of the FEA into the
reapportionment question? Is their opposition to the plan on the
November ballot -- a plan that is not directly related to education
along with that of the League of Women Voters and many newspapers
that have indicated that they would oppose it -- is that enough to
GOVERNOR: I haven't the remotest idea whether it is or
not. Let me say that it is a long time to November. One of the
things that we are going to find out -- we are already finding out -
is that the last chapter of this story hasn't been written. The
Supreme Court may write a new story tomorrow, a new chapter tomorrow.
A state somewhere out in the middle west may come up with a new plan.
Trends will develop between now and November that would teach us a
lot that we don't now know. As a matter of fact, they are already
developing. This Michigan case in which the Supreme Court told the
State of Michigan, or the Supreme Court of Michigan rather, what
it had to do in regard to reapportionment was a revelation to me.
And, I think that there will be developing thoughts in this field
through the next several months.
Thank you, sir.
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week when again we "Ask the Governor."