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Why would a gov. propose something that his state's supreme court found unconstitutional?

Newly elected Florida Gov. Rick Scott is making waves with his proposal that all children should receive education vouchers they can use to attend private, public or charter schools.

"The parent should figure out where the dollars for that student are spent," the Republican governor-elect told the St. Petersburg Times. "So if the parents want to spend it on virtual school, then spend it on virtual school. If they want to spend it on, you know, whatever education system they believe in, whether it's this public school or that public school or this private school or that private school, that's what ought to happen."

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled private-school vouchers unconstitutional, concluding that they endanger the free public school system. And, it turns out, many in the education world agree, and not even only those connected to the teachers union (though for the record, a Florida teachers union spokesman called it a "terrible idea.").



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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 7:14 PM on Dec. 15, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 7:16 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • I believe that parents should have the right to decide how their child is educated. Vouchers would allow lower and middle class students to attend private schools if they choose. The schools that would prosper would be the ones that are most successful. This would force the public schools to perform or be put out of business. This would be in a perfect world. Which sadly we do not live in.
    tootoobusy

    Answer by tootoobusy at 7:22 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • why? because proposing things is how you open people's eyes and get the ideas out there, whether or not they will be accepted is a different story
    angevil53

    Answer by angevil53 at 7:26 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • I don't know why. Personally, I'm against vouchers. Something like 95% of them go to religious schools, so I feel like that's a violation of the First Amendment. Vouchers take money away from underfunded public schools, and I'd rather see funding go to improve public schools. Private schools have different eligibility requirements and may discriminate to keep poorer students out, so I don't think our tax money should be used for it. Homeschooling is always an option for those who don't like their public schools and can't afford a private school.
    pam19

    Answer by pam19 at 7:34 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • Why?


    Because his state supremem court found it unconstitutional...not public opinion was or wasn't in his favor but thats it goes AGAINST our constitutional.

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 7:37 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • Florida must have a very skewed constitution ...

    Every WEEK in a child's school life is hugely important. There is no excuse for sacrificing a child to a bad school for the sake of a social crusade to "improve" public schools by giving them more funding.

    Either a school is good for the child RIGHT NOW, or the parents should have the choice to get them into a better school.

    And given that public schools are trending downward for YEARS, DESPITE ever-increasing public funding, the notion that vouchers could make the situation worse FOR THE CHILDREN is - without merit.

    We do not pay our tax dollars to support the public schools !!!
    We pay to support children's education. Powerful organizations work to prevent us from remembering this fact.

    Vouchers HELP the children get a better education.

    That is the one and only valid measure of any proposal.
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 7:55 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • good point, angevil53 !
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 7:55 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • Vouchers take money away from underfunded public schools, and I'd rather see funding go to improve public schools.

    Funding isn't the problem. We have thrown more and more money into schools and they just keep getting worse. I totally agreew with tootoobusy.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 8:37 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • If the argument is the based on the Separation of Church and State

    Question: If a faith based school cannot receive public money for their services, can a Faith based Hospital receive public money for their services? Based on the Constitution, what is the difference?

    If the argument is based on NON faith based schools as well, then where in the constitution does it state public monies cannot be used for non faith based schools?
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:38 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • it goes AGAINST our constitutional.

    How?
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 8:38 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

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