Will Weatherford reveals his plan to destroy public education (rough draft)

I get that these guys hate the teacher unions, I think
it’s irrational especially here in Florida where unions can’t strike but I
understand that they do. What I don’t get though is why they would risk the
future of millions of kids and heck the state itself to stick it to them.
Will Weatherford however is that guy and he has announced
his plan to destroy public education through the use of vouchers. Now they aren’t
going to be just for poor kids trapped in failing schools, his made up words, they
are going to be for middle class and upper middle class kids too and now they also
want to access sales taxes which pay for education, health care and a lot of
other functions as well to pay for the vouchers.  
This friends is public money going to private
institutions with very little oversight and if the states argument is they can
do things without all the regulations that public schools have to endure then
why don’t they get rid of those regulations?
You know I and others might feel better about
vouchers if all the schools that took them were required to have certified teachers,
recognized curriculums and took the same tests that public school kids did. And
please forgive me if I don’t take the word of a group of schools that prefers
to teach creationism instead of evolution and yes that’s not all the voucher
schools but it is enough that we should all be concerned.
Voucher schools can pick who they take and keep,
they can put requirements on parents and students alike that public schools can’t
and as a group they take fewer disabled and ESOL kids and despite all that they
don’t do better than public schools.
Weatherford and local school board member Jason Fischer
who advocates for vouchers, how about that a school board member who has open
distain for public schools both might say vouchers pay less money than the amount
of money public schools get.  I would
counter with nobody forces a school to take vouchers and one of the reasons we
have them is the powers-that-be said the private sector could do things cheaper
and more efficient.  

Bob Sykes from Scathing Purple musings pointed out some of Weatherford’s hypocrisy:
first from Weatherford,  “I’d like to get
to a place where there never has to be a waiting list,” said Weatherford,
R-Wesley Chapel. “If there’s a single mom who’s got a son or a daughter who’s stuck
in a failing school
, and she wants to go into the Florida Tax Credit
Scholarship Program to give her kid a better chance in life, I would never want
to say, ‘Our door is shut to you because we hit the cap and we don’t have
enough room for your child.’ ”

Weatherford false meme is deliberately misleading intended for the
bleeding heart. Last year there were 107 failing Florida schools –
many of them charter schools for which Weatherford also flacks. Florida’s
current voucher system isn’t restricted to kids in “failing schools.”
Weatherford knows that. And he also knows that his new bill promises a
cash bonanza for the organization which manages the program.


A cash bonanza for the people managing the program,
and that should really tell you all you need to know about why it is happening.
Education has stopped being about preparing children to be successful citizens and
is instead about cash bonanza’s to friends of lawmakers and kneecapping unions.

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