Will Weatherford wants to destroy public schools and I think I can prove it.

First the speaker never attended public schools; his parents
obviously had a distain for them something that he carried into his adult life.
He might say things like he wants to save children from
failing public schools but at the same time he supports charter schools which
have a greater percentage of failing schools and has blocked all attempts to
put accountability measures on private schools that take vouchers which makes it
impossible to have an apples to apples comparison between how they and public
schools are doing.
Why are only failing public schools bad? Why is
accountability only for public schools? Well it’s because he wants public
schools to fail and more will if the state continues to drain their resources
by using sales taxes to fund more vouchers.
It is not necessarily vouchers that have people upset.
Everybody wants children to do well. It is the lack of accountability that they
have that upsets people. Their teachers have no certification or education
requirements. Their curriculum goes unregulated and over a hundred and sixty
schools in Florida that take public money teach creationism as science and then
they and their advocates resist the same tests that public schools are required
to take. If vouchers are the answer then what is the problem with proving it?
I believe he can’t and that’s why he fights against
accountability for them and at the same time is okay with risking the viability
of public schools in the process.
The states own researchers says that despite being able to
pick who they accept and keep, private schools that take vouchers don’t do any
better than public schools. Weatherford might counter with they take less money
but I would like to point out that nobody forces a private school to take
vouchers and one of the original selling points for them was the private sector
could do things cheaper and more efficiently. Furthermore shouldn’t all the McKay
scholarship fraud and Charter school scandals and closings (over 250 have taken
public money and closed) give them at least temporary pause before this massive
expansion?
If Florida really cares about its children it should say no
to these ratcheted up voucher proposals, that also open up vouchers to middle
class children that can attend great schools, and make sure we do things right.
I have given up hoping that this Florida legislature will undue the damage it
has done to public schools so all I ask is that we get it right before we
further hurt them. Unfortunately in Florida that might be asking to much.
Chris Guerrieri

Education Matters


To read more click the link:  http://bobsidlethoughtsandmusings.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/the-lakeland-ledger-halt-voucher-expansion-until-public-schools-are-adequately-funded/

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