a moment I thought the Times Union’s editorial board stopped at Wall Greens on
the way to work and picked up some common sense juice. You see they were
rightfully critical of the passage of Senate Bill 850, the bill that expanded
vouchers. In case you didn’t know they legislature used parliamentary tricks to
pass it on the last day, folding the voucher parts into a popular bill providing
extra resources to disabled kids.
the Times Union’s editorial board reverted to their broke clock like track
record on education issues and regurgitated the talking points of the six
figured executives of Step up for Students the organization that administers
the states voucher program and is paid handsomely for doing so. One part they
got especially wrong was the part about high stakes testing.
editor wrote, “It’s
surprising that a test that is roundly criticized suddenly becomes essential.”
This is “essentially” a dig at the people against vouchers, where he basically
calls them and me since I am one of them, a hypocrite for railing against high
stakes testing but then demanding the kids that take vouchers do so.
Testing is the rule of the land, a rule created by the people who love and want
to expand vouchers. I think they are bad for all kids but unfortunately I am
not the one who makes the rule and for the state legislature to say HSTs are
great for public schools but unnecessary for voucher schools is ridiculous but
it doesn’t stop there.
STEM, teacher evaluations and certification, VAM, Common Core and
accountability in general are important for public schools but then shrugs
their shoulders when applying those things to private schools that accept
vouchers and say, “ahh the free market will figure it out.”
accountability are a bad deal and I don’t think it is asking too much to make
sure they are doing what they say they will do before being allowed to expand.
Finally I would like to address one more point,
the editor wrote there is turmoil in public schools and parents are looking for
more options. Well the turmoil was caused by the legislature who routinely
deprives schools of proper funding, initiates experimental curriculums (common
core) and takes every opportunity available to kneecap the teacher profession.
They in effect have created the “turmoil” and said, hey check out vouchers. I
find it repugnant that they have created this crisis and now seek to and
benefit off of it at the expense of public schools.