The Next Civil Rights – School Choice
Subject: Judge rejects school vouchers forDouglasCounty
It looks like Indiana, Ohio and now Louisiana are able to accomplish what the state of Colorado could not. They have passed a school choice scholarship voucher program that empowers parents to make their own educational choices for their children. Last fall the voters of DouglasCounty made the same choice when they elected a conservative, pro school choice school board. The eagerly anticipated Great Choice Douglas County voucher system was to begin this fall with an initial 500 students….that is until Judge Martinez, thwarting the intent of the voters, ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by the usual self-serving suspects ie., select public school teachers, NEA (unions) and the ACLU.
Are you persuaded by the usual blah… blah rhetoric? Phony arguments about the separation of church and state and sympathetic appeals that its all about what’s good for the children, and destruction of our wonderful public school system. Do you buy that argument or believe this lawsuit is simply about supporting a monopoly that empowers unions to insulate ineffective teachers and administrators while promoting propaganda that is in sharp contrast to parental consent.
The Federal influence in our children’s education began in the 1970’s and since then there has been a steady decline in student achievement with the minority and inner cities suffering the most. The facts speak for themselves…50% of Colorado students do not graduate and those that do are largely illiterate. Federal control of public education and its multiple of bloated redundant bureaucracies is a huge failure. The NEA would like you to believe that the cure is to maintain the status quo and simply pump more money into the schools. Increased tax dollars spent on public education has not produced parallel results. Doesn’t your heart break for children trapped in a miserable failed public school system? Our minorities suffer the most….the public schools simply continue the cycle of generational poverty barely subsistent on welfare. These school voucher programs can be a beacon of light for parents of our inner city children.
The voucher program’s time is long over due, but fledgling school voucher programs will continue to be challenged by judges like Martinez who are sympathetic to progressive union agendas and legislate from the bench. The voucher system works like this…..a certain percentage of monies (government aid) dedicated to each child’s education will be given in voucher form to the parent who chooses to participate… to be used for tuition for any school of their choice as long as it is accredited and partnered with the public schools.
The question is which states…..Colorado, Indiana, Ohio or Louisiana represent the choice of the voters? Is there something different enough between the state constitutions that empower a judge like Martinez to ignore the constitutional rights of parents, affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court 1925 and then again in 1927 by the Colorado Supreme Court as well, “to have their children taught where, when, how, what and by whom they may judge best.”
Ohio, Indiana and now Louisiana are leading the way with more states to follow.
Sure…sure…Colorado’s Judge Martinez ruled against the voters of Douglas County in favor of the unions and there will be more lawsuits to come against these fledgling school voucher programs… but the opposition will surely fade as there will be clearer thinking unbiased judges who also understand that competition can only improve our public schools.
No matter, the battle for educational sovereignty continues.
Update….. (Freedom Works)….. April 4….Louisiana State Senate just passed HB976 legislation creating vouchers for children to escape failing schools. Also passed….HB974 legislation completely overhauling teacher tenure system in Louisiana, rewarding only effective educators and provides financial incentives for those performing above expectation. HB974 also eliminates “automatic” teacher tenure for new teachers entering the school service. Eliminating two untouchable sacred cows of union power-voucher control and tenure.