Florida sticks a knife in the hearts of Bright Futures, so much for caring about poor and mostly minority children.
The same people who often say we must give poor and mostly minority children vouchers so they can escape poor performing public schools are the same people who voted to dramatically slash the Bright Futures Scholarship program, which you guessed it disproportionately hurts poor and mostly minority children and will prevent thousand and thousand from going to college. It seems a bit hypocritical doesn’t it?
The truth is vouchers aren’t here to help poor and mostly minority children, if that was a priority there wouldn’t be these draconian cuts to the Bright Futures Scholarships. Vouchers, which have siphoned nearly a billion dollars out pf public schools, have a more insidious purpose. They are designed to divert what would have been public money to religious institutions, over seventy percent of voucher schools are religious and to hasten the privatization of public schools.
This should concern us all because where accountability is an often-repeated word out of Tallahassee for public schools; voucher schools have practically been given a pass. The system is even set up so that most of the schools don’t even have to reveal how the money they receive is spent.