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Billy Townsend

Writer and historian

Billy Townsend is a writer and independent Florida historian who served as an elected Polk County (FL) School Board member from 2016-2020. He was an award-winning reporter for the Lakeland Ledger and Tampa Tribune until 2008. Billy is long-time critic of the Florida Model of test-based education and champion of more humane and developmental alternatives. You can find his articles on his free Stubstack publication: “Public Enemy Number 1”

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When Public Schools Close, Our Communities Suffer

The Missouri GOP supermajority has been defunding our public schools for over a decade, but the last five years have been at breakneck speed.

Houston ISD Hostile State Takeover: Our Fight to Take Back Our Schools

State-appointed Superintendent Mike Miles is taking Houston ISD down the road to perdition and our children are the losers.

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