Doug Tuthill plays tricks to sell vouchers

Doug Tuthill, who receives nearly
a quarter million in salary as president of Step up for Students paints a
pretty dramatic picture of a parent fighting for her child’s voucher in the
Miami Herald.
It’s a pretty standard trick too.
He says look at this one parent while simultaneously hoping you will ignore the
millions of parents in the Parent Teacher Association who have come out against
the proliferation of vouchers, who are fighting for their children.  
That however is not where his tricks
stop. He says that children that receive vouchers were the lowest performers in
the district’s schools they left behind. Some of them were but according to
David Figilo the states voucher expert some of them were doing very well too. Later
he omits that if his plan succeeds then the value of vouchers will go form
under five to over six thousand dollars, the income of families that will be eligible
jumps to over sixty thousand and the fees Step up for Students receive will
nearly triple from about 8 to about 24 million dollars. That is money that will
never see a class room. Most egregious however is he then makes light of the hundreds
of millions of dollars annually siphoned out of already resource starved
schools doesn’t hurt them.  
But tugging on heart strings and omitting
information is where his tricks end because more people are becoming aware of
the inner workings of Step up for Students. They have seen the video where they
admit to paying off legislators with campaign donations and they know the only
waiting list is one kept on the back of an envelope, Doug Tuthill’s own words
in a piece on his blog, ReDefined Ed.  People
understand that despite being able to pick who they take and keep children that
attend vouchers don’t get better education out comes and they understand that
private schools that take vouchers don’t have to have certified teachers or
teachers with degrees, recognized curriculums and many teach creationism as
science. Finally they understand how the proponents of vouchers resist
accountability, saying state tests are good for public school children but bad
for them.
Tuthill wants you to look at the few students vouchers do
help while ignoring the fact most could get the same services in their public
schools. However should the public really be forced to fund someone’s religious
choice, distrust of “gov’ment” schools or irrational hatred of teacher
unions?  Should we really be handicapping the many to help a few? Tuthill obviously
thinks so.

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