Florida Supreme Court strikes down school vouchers (and common sense)

January 6th, 2006

FIRST THE NEWS: The vouchers, buy cialis viagra known as Opportunity Scholarships, pharmacy are a cornerstone of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s education agenda, cialis but in a 5-2 opinion the Florida Supreme Court rebuked Bush’s approach, declaring the program unconstitutional and saying it funnels tax dollars into “separate private systems parallel to and in competition with the free public schools.”

THEN THE SARCASTIC COMMENTARY: Yes. The last thing we want in America is competition. Competition never accomplished anything.

By the way, if public schools are “free” what the hell are they doing with all my property taxes?

And if you want to talk about unfair…what about the people who are already paying for the “free” schools with their taxes, but have to come up with the extra money to send their kids to private schools because the public schools SUCK?

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  • 1. scott  |  January 6th, 2006 at 12:10 pm

    What about the people who hire guards and build high fences; must they pay for the police they don’t use? What about those who stay at home; must they pay for the roads everyone else uses? The public school system is a public good that everyone in can use if they wish to. Like roads, street lights and libraries. And even if you don’t utilize these directly, they contribute to the health and well-being of the community at large and that benefits everyone.

    With all that said, I don’t know that I’m convinced that competition is bad per se when it comes to education. But I’d like to see some accountability on the other side. When private schools have to pass the same tests, and have to take all students, etc. then I’ll like them better. Without those kinds of things being true I don’t see how it’s fair competition.

  • 2. Administrator  |  January 6th, 2006 at 12:23 pm

    Hey Scott.

    You’ll notice I didn’t say I thought people should be excused from paying for public schools.

    Even an old libertarian like me recognizes the need for some collectivism.

    But, to answer the question, if I had to hire guards and build a fence because the cops NEVER showed up, then no I don’t think I should have to pay for them.

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