Folks who support expanding the completely unaccountable school voucher scheme passed by the General Assembly last session were on Jones Street today with a rally and press conference, urging lawmakers to expand the program.
One thing they didn’t mention was that there are no strings at all attached to the public funding that goes to private schools and religious academies, no curriculum requirements, no standardized tests to see how students are doing compared to their public school counterparts, and no minimum requirements for teachers—not even criminal background checks.
They also didn’t mention what some of the kids who receive the vouchers are learning thanks to taxpayer support of their schools. Guess which one of the following ideas they are teaching in some voucher schools.
A) Dinosaurs and humans co-existed on Earth
B) The Great Depression wasn’t as bad as the liberals made it sound
C) The Klan in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross
The answer is all of them. Kids at some voucher schools are learning all of those absurd things and many more and Rep. Paul Stam and others want to increase the taxpayer support the schools are receiving.
So much for the current legislative majority’s claim about accountability in spending public money.
And so much for the “sound basic education” the courts have ruled is guaranteed in our state constitution.