Monday, November 10, 2014

Voucher support is just for the kids, right?

The Orlando Sentinel published this article about the monetary involvement of voucher school support organizations in local School Board races.

An interesting name popped up in article, one that I have seen before a few places:  John Kirtley.  When I first started paying attention to public education policy at the state level, I learned a little bit about the voucher program and how that would effect public school funding.

I came across a couple great posts from Bob Sikes at Scathing Purple Musings.  That guys does his homework! If you want to stay on top of what's happening in Florida education policy, keep an eye on his work.

His first post that caught my attention was this one where he highlights what could be gained from a voucher program expansion in Florida from the 2014 legislative session.  In this next one, he points out John Kirtley's involvement in the entire process.  There has been other research on Mr. Kirtley's involvement in the voucher program as well, like this one from 2011.

So with this latest election cycle over, and the changes that are coming in Tallahassee, we know what to expect.  Will there be a push to expand to the voucher program again?  Start calling, e-mailing, and meeting your legislators (new or old) NOW and ask where they stand on the voucher program and if they plan on an expansion.  If school choice is the big issue, why not expand district magnet programs and invest the dollars at the local level and in the public schools?  Follow the money.  We are giving upwards of $300 million to only 2 scholarship funding organizations (SFO's) in Florida.  It's for the kids, right?  Right?

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    1. Well until we move our entire government structure to the constitutional republic, I'll continue arguing for public education. I don't think the move to that structure should begin with education.

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