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"Neovouchers" Allow Public Money for Faith-Based Schools that Expel Kids for Being Gay

Posted by on Oct. 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM
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"Neovouchers" Allow Public Money for Faith-Based Schools that Expel Kids for Being Gay

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Despite its reputation as an entertainment magazine, Rolling Stone has a storied history with the art of long-form journalism.

The National Affairs Desk began with the infamous Gonzo styling of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, and has kept the magazine relevant as a source for journalism more than it is an outlet for musicians and entertainers. They brought down the NATO commander in a piece by the late Michael Hastings, and have written the most in-depth report of the Boston Bombing yet published (despite the controversial cover).

In an article by Alex Morris, Rolling Stone examines the relationship of “neovouchers,” legal in 12 states, and how they divert public money into religious-based schools that consistently expel children for being gay. Morris follows the stories of a number of gay teens from Georgia. These kids attend Christian schools and many believe in the faith devoutly.

While it is technically legal for these schools to adhere to any faith-based regulation they choose as parochial institutions, the introduction of taxpayer money leads many parents of expelled teenagers feeling discriminated against. Opponents of the practice also say that this money is also going to families who without them would still be able to afford the tuition.

When interviewing Rep. Earl Ehrhart, the state representative who helped passed the law, Morris asked him both about the income question and the fallout from expelling gay children. He provided “anecdotal” evidence that “probably close to 99 percent” of the money was going to underprivileged children.

With respect to the issue of schools that use public funds expelling children just for being gay, Rep. Ehrhart skirts the controversy by suggesting that they should attend schools “that are more supportive of their sexual orientation anyway.” He then compares it to being a woman in a madrassa school as evidence of how gay teens must feel. 

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nixore
by Myk Elskling on Oct. 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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How in the world is it legal for private religious schools to get money from the government?  

Expelling gay students is a whole other issue.  It's despicable, but if it's a rule set forth by the school before anyone enrolls, and IF they are not receiving ANY money from the government, it's their choice.  Their shameful choice. 

momtoscott
by Platinum Member on Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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Public money should not be used for any private schools.  

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:26 AM
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I'm guessing that they are getting the money because they qualify, not because of their bigotry. But people like to spin stuff.
tanyainmizzou
by on Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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Or they get the money because the state has set up the system so vouchers can go to religious schools.   But this is a much better tabloid headline.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:31 AM
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Agreed

Quoting momtoscott:

Public money should not be used for any private schools.  


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Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:34 AM
I don't understand how parochial schools can receive public funds. That seems wrong to me. However sexual orientation discrimination is legal in most states and federally. So that's not a problem in the US. if you think discrimination based on sexual orientation should be illegal then you need to change the laws of your state and the US government. or move to another country where its not allowed like Canada. And certainly don't send your children to a parochial school!
Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM
sadly in the US even if they are receiving federal funds or state funds from a state that allows discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation they are allowed to discriminate based on sexual orientation. In the majority of states in the US and federally discrimination based on sexual orientation is 100 percent legal.

Quoting nixore:

How in the world is it legal for private religious schools to get money from the government?  

Expelling gay students is a whole other issue.  It's despicable, but if it's a rule set forth by the school before anyone enrolls, and IF they are not receiving ANY money from the government, it's their choice.  Their shameful choice. 

nixore
by Myk Elskling on Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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That is absolutely disgusting.  :(

Quoting Bookwormy:

sadly in the US even if they are receiving federal funds or state funds from a state that allows discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation they are allowed to discriminate based on sexual orientation. In the majority of states in the US and federally discrimination based on sexual orientation is 100 percent legal.

Quoting nixore:

How in the world is it legal for private religious schools to get money from the government?  

Expelling gay students is a whole other issue.  It's despicable, but if it's a rule set forth by the school before anyone enrolls, and IF they are not receiving ANY money from the government, it's their choice.  Their shameful choice. 


lydias_mommy12
by Member on Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Do you have a link for this do I can send it to my friend?
nixore
by Myk Elskling on Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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Just because it's allowed doesn't mean that it SHOULD be.

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

Or they get the money because the state has set up the system so vouchers can go to religious schools.   But this is a much better tabloid headline.


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