August 13, 2009 11:50AM

It’s the End of the World as We Know it & I Feel Fine

In Florida, land of sunshine, oranges and signs of the apocalypse, a local teachers' union and public school district have banded together to help make professional development programs available to... private school teachers.

Are you still there? I heard a thud....

This and other shockers have been brought to you by the Florida tax credit scholarship program. The credits give businesses a dollar for dollar tax cut if they donate money to k-12 scholarship granting organizations. The SGOs then help low-income families afford private schooling.

If chambers of commerce around the country want to know how to make real progress in education, they might want to have a look at the Sunshine state.