We’ve discussed how educators in New Jersey put their catered meals ahead of school supplies for poor kids in Newark. Today it just gets worse. As you read this, remember that the unions justify their outrageous demands on taxpayers with the mantra, “It’s for the children.” The state of Florida recently passed an expansion to their school voucher program that helps low income families leave the public school plantation. The unions declared war.
The new law creates a new program that provides funding for disabled students to purchase private tutoring, educational materials and other services.
In addition, the bill expands the state’s Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, which offers vouchers to help low-income families pay for private schooling. The added funding will open up the vouchers to families at higher income levels. Prior to the law, a family of four had to earn less than $43,568 to qualify. Now, the maximum income for such a family is $62,010, and increase of nearly $19,000.
Every time the idea of vouchers is addressed, and it’s always addressed in a manner that gives low income parents the opportunity to have more control over the education of their kids, the unions throw a fit. It cuts into their monopoly.
Here we have Florida’s teachers unions trying to deprive Florida’s disabled kids the opportunity to find a program that better suits their needs. It’s for the kids.
We’re long on record as believing that teachers unions, and their members, are among the biggest hypocrites on earth. When it comes to vouchers they screech that voucher programs don’t produce results that are “better” than public schools and vouchers should be eliminated. On the other hand, when it comes to a program that clearly outpaces public schools in every measure, home schooling, they howl that kids are being taught by “untrained amateurs.” It’s for the kids.
We’re pretty sure that one of the biggest reasons teachers unions love Common Core is because all college entrance testing will move to using the Common Core methods. When that happens, it will drive a wedge into private schools, charter schools, and home schooling, because they’ll all be trapped into the same curriculum and teaching methods.
It’s for the kids.