In case you missed it the other day, Asheville writer Martin Dyckman published an excellent essay in the Asheville Citizen-Times that explained the real deal with North Carolina’s toxic and troubling school vouchers program. As Dyckman explained, after describing a push poll/robocall he received from the voucher champions at the Pope-Civitas Institute:
“Two days later, Rep. Paul Stam (R-Wake), the Godfather of vouchers, staged an elaborate press conference to say he wants a fourfold expansion of the program, which costs $10.8 million a year.
Stam didn’t propose abandoning income limits, although they’re scheduled to rise to 133 percent of poverty this year.
But the Civitas robopoll makes it obvious where the camel’s nose is heading.
That’s if the Supreme Court overturns a Superior Court decision that the program is flagrantly unconstitutional.
The pretext for the vouchers is to entitle poor kids to a good private education on the same terms as their more privileged peers.
That’s a fallacy if not a fraud. At $4,200, the maximum voucher is worth only a fraction of what quality private schools often charge; they’re beyond the reach of low-income families despite the subsidy. The public schools budget twice as much per student.”
After citing some N.C. Policy Watch reporting on the religious schools that have been raking in the voucher dough, Dyckman concludes this way:
“This is as flagrant a misuse of public money as it would be to pay the church’s pastor out of the state treasury. Read more