It’s about time! From Hot Air…….
For years people have been dangling a voucher system for our children stuck in poorly functioning schools. Finally, one state had the courage to make the step!
Alabama just passed a bill in which the governor is expected to sign into law which will give tax credits for families at “failing schools” to send their children to private school or another public school.
Failing schools are defined as one in the bottom 10 percent of statewide reading and math scores, has earned three consecutive D’s or an F on upcoming school report cards or is designated by the Department of Education as failing.
The tax credits would be equal to 80 percent of the average annual state cost for attendance of a public K-12 student to offset the cost of private school or a transfer to another public school.
Other than protecting the status quo and strong union supporters and insisting that our children become dumber, it is unclear why the Dems are screeching, but, they are screeching!!!
“You went behind closed doors… This is not democracy. This is hypocrisy,” Sen. Quinton Ross, D-Montgomery, shouted at Marsh.
“I’ve never seen such sleaziness,” Rep. Thomas Jackson, D-Thomasville, said.
Rep. Mary Moore, D-Birmingham, as she was leaving the House chamber threw her hands over her head and shouted, “Welcome to the new confederacy where a bunch of white men are now going to take over black schools.”
Cursing was heard in the legislative hallways as the word of the conference committee spread.
Alabama Education Association Executive Secretary Henry Mabry said the move was “totally unacceptable.” “What they’re trying to do is give public money to private schools,” Mabry said. “I was lied to. I was lied to by the Senate Pro Tem. I was lied to by lawmakers,” Mabry said.
State Superintendent Tommy Bice and the Alabama Association of School Boards withdrew their support from the legislation after the change.
“NONE of the added language to the Flex Bill has been vetted with us at the State Department/State Board of Education. There are SIGNIFICANT negative financial implications for all of Alabama’s public schools. THIS IS NO LONGER THE BILL I GAVE MY SUPPORT TO!” said a statement by Bice that was distributed to lawmakers.
School Board Association Director Sally Howell said, “We are greatly disappointed.”
It’s worth it just to read about the wailing and gnashing of teeth!!! Their tears and anger is like a warm spring day after a long cold winter to me!
I fully expect other conservative states to try to follow suit. I also expect years of litigation. Still this is the first step in finally returning parental oversight to the schools treatment of the children and holding the schools accountable for the education of our children. It’s been long overdue. I believe Louisiana has implemented something similar as well.
Heck forgot! H/t Lat!