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Monday, September 1, 2014

The silence of voucher supporters is deafening.

The same groups that support vouchers have remained amazingly quiet while Florida starved its pubic schools of resources, blamed teachers and demonized their representatives and decided it was wise to depend on high stakes testing for just about decision made.  Everything was fine until groups like the League of Women Voters, the NAACP, the PTA and the Florida school board association, hardly kid unfriendly organizations, finally had enough and said no, filing a lawsuit. Since then the people who support vouchers have ratcheted up the hyperbole to new heights

I find it amazing though how they had to twist themselves into knots to do so. These are the same people who often point to the disintegration of the family as a reason we have so many problems, but then say, families know what’s best for their children. Who scream about school accountability and how it is so important teachers and schools are evaluated using high stakes tests and say our kids need common core and STEM to compete internationally. They want all these things for public schools but at the same time want private schools that except vouchers to be exempt. 

We should all support the lawsuit filed by the Florida School Board questioning the validity of Florida’s voucher program which by the way torpedoes the first amendment because society should not be paying for some families’ irrational fear of Gov’Ment schools, hatred of unions or if they want their child to have a religious education. We should not let those people who hate public schools and want to privatize them win. Instead we should be striving to improve our public schools and if people who oppose the lawsuit really cared that is what they would be fighting to do as well.

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