Oh, where to start, where to start…
First, glad this isn’t going anywhere…for the moment. It’s been said ad nauseum, but clearly needs repeating for those in the legislative back row, vouchers will not solve ANY of our problems. They need to focus on the budget (or lack thereof) and creating reliable, recurring streams of revenue for our state and the various agencies that require funding (full funding would be nice, but this is Oklahoma, so we’re being realistic here).
Second, and this feels again like something that needs a replay button, by what criteria does he consider schools failing? High stakes test scores? A-F report cards? These have been proven to fall along socioeconomic lines, which is something beyond the control of students and educators. So how will vouchers help that? How will families make up the difference, if they are even ‘chosen’ to be admitted to these wonderful private schools? And if they’re so wonderful, why wouldn’t they be required to follow the same accountability measures as public schools when it comes to using public funds? Guess we wouldn’t want to muddy the water and make things difficult for these ‘elite’ schools.
Third, does he really believe the garbage he’s spewing? Does he really believe we are refusing to teach students to read so we can feed them into a pipeline to prison? Maybe he heard about our piles of cash and refusing to educate beautiful children from the president. Guess that’s why he really wants to get vouchers up and running.
Alecia Priest is right, we haven’t heard the last of this. Brace yourself for more shenanigans.
Voucher Bill Shenanigans On Hold
A school voucher bill took a hit after the senator who authored it, laid it over. OKLAHOMA CITY – The bill would have allowed parents in Oklahoma, Tulsa and Cleveland counties to move their children and some of the tax dollars used to educate their children to other schools […]