Vouchers end game is the destruction of public education

From Scathing Purple Musings by Bob Sykes

From Palm Beach Post writer Frank Cerabino:

And by the time the program seeps into the middle class, it will be too late to stop.
Florida’s expansion of public funding of
private schools will have a significant “domino effect,” said Andrew
Coulson, the director of the Cato Institute’s Center of Educational
“If you have 300,000 kids in a single state in
private schools, thanks to a school-choice program, you’re eventually
going to have everybody in that state in a school-choice program,
because the parents who aren’t eligible for it will demand the ability
to participate,” Coulson said at the symposium.
And then you’ll have your tax dollars going to a
largely unregulated gaggle of private schools that lack the teacher
certification and student testing requirements of public schools. A
playground for shortcuts and profiteering.
Behold the zombie.
It’s going to take a lot more than a temporary setback to kill this beast.
The subtle admission by senate president Don Gaetz that
he was open to different tests for vouchers schools further advances
the suspicion that the agenda of the state’s republican legislators has
always been to destroy public schools. Gaetz clever rhetoric gave the
impression that he wanted the same accountability standards for voucher
schools when he really didn’t.
How dirty are republican legislators willing to
be? Cerabino reminds readers about the troubling realities of Step Up
for Students, the administrative agent of the voucher program. More
revelations are  sure to emerge as more people take a closer look at
their financials.
Republicans don’t care just how smarmy Step Up
for Students may turn out to be as the means justifies the ends. Any
means, no matter how corrupt, are acceptable in their zeal to end public

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