Florida’s school voucher programs harm students

Here are some facts about Florida’s voucher program:

Vouchers
siphon over a billion annually away from public schools.

Teachers
at voucher schools don’t have to have degrees, be certified and can have
serious criminal records. 

They
don’t have to have a recognized curriculum and many teach junk science an false
history.

Most
of them don’t have to report how they spend the money they receive. 

There is zero academic
accountability that the state requires for public schools.

John
Kirtley Florida’s voucher king, is also a major donor to republican candidates
for which he has been greatly rewarded. 
Now
there is evidence that students who receive the vouchers are harmed by them.
From
UVAToday:
new study
from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education finds that
low-income children or children enrolled in urban schools do not benefit more
from enrolling in private school between kindergarten and ninth grade.
“Despite the arguments in
favor of the use of vouchers or other mechanisms to support enrollment in
private schools, ostensibly as a way to help vulnerable children and families
access a quality education, this study finds no evidence that private schools,
exclusive of family background or income, are more effective for promoting
student success,” said Robert C. Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education
and co-author of the study.
Although children with a
history of enrollment in private schools performed better overall, the
advantages of private school education were not present for low-income
students or those enrolled in urban schools.
This study contradicts the
rationale behind U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ efforts to promote
greater access to private schools, primarily through the administration’s
earmark of more than $1 billion in the federal budget for private school
vouchers and other school choice plans.
“The assumption that private
schools are more effective in educating students and producing higher levels of
achievement behavior is demonstrably ineffective and potentially harmful,”
Pianta said. “In order to enable more low-income students to succeed and close
achievement gaps, we must support comprehensive education reform of our public
school system.”

Our there some private schools that accept vouchers
that  do a good job? The truth is I and nobody knows because there is zero
accountability. 

Friends, what are we doing, other than dooming a large
swathe of children to a substandard education in order to placate republican
super donors?

And for you fiscal conservatives isn’t it time we either
made sure the money was well spent or we ended the program?

Come on friends, we should be doing much better than this
and our children deserve it.

2 Replies to “Florida’s school voucher programs harm students”

  1. I can tell you I know my daughter was failed by the public school system in Florida. They failed the #1 Child Find mandate. #2 failed to provide adequate reading intervention to address her area of concern even after failing the FCAT x 4 years. Never provided her with IEP or even evaluate her for an IEP or appropriate accommodations. For HS I used the McKay Scholarship to a private school which agreed to provided the accommodations she needed. She is now at the best University in the state with a Bright Futures Scholarship. Now they have done the same with my second daughter with the same diagnosis. Fought the district to provided what she needed. They still refused, brought it to Due Process now waiting on a judge to decide. Will use a McKay Scholarship again for high school. She can wait no longer for the public school to educate her. This is why we use the voucher program in Florida. The public schools have no accountability. Do you really think 1 administrator cares that we are leaving using the McKay Scholarship voucher ? Nope they are glad to get rid of me.

    1. I don't know your circumstances so I can't comment about what you wrote one way or another. I can say, do sometimes public schools drop the ball? Sure, are their private schools that take vouchers that do it right, again sure. But if you are betting the odds and the future of the state, then its public schools all the time and just so you know public schools have accountability on steroids.

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