Friday, January 06, 2006

Florida Supreme Court Hates Poor And Minority Students

This is of course an accurate headline, I think. By a 5-2 decision, the Florida Supreme Court has struck down Florida's voucher program.

Now, keep in mind, this program only applied to students who were attending schools that were deemed to be "failing" for two years in a row or something like that. So the Court essentially ruled that no matter how bad your public school was, it was unconstitutional to give you back your own tax dollars to send you to a private school that might be able to teach you how to read.

Avoiding the first amendment establishment clause question that the U.S. Supreme Court already ruled was OK, the Florida Supreme Court focused on a state constitutional provision.

In a 5-2 ruling, the high court said the program violates the Florida Constitution's requirement of a uniform system of free public education.

Voucher opponents had also argued that the program violated the separation of church and state in giving tax dollars to parochial schools, and a lower court agreed. But the state Supreme Court did not address that issue.

"Uniform and free." Uniform of course means "public." And "crappy." And "failing." And "incompetent." But at least the students are given the same, uniform crappy, failing and incompetent education.

Showing utter arrogance, some actually claim that is a victory for the poor students who were finally offered a way out of their public school nightmare.

The ruling was a victory for public schools across the state and nation, said Ron Meyer, lead attorney for a coalition that challenged the voucher program.

"Students using vouchers will now be welcomed back into Florida public schools," Meyer said in a statement. "It decides with finality that the voucher program is unconstitutional."

Of course they will be welcomed back. More students means more money for the school, which means higher administrator salaries. And more stupid kids who aren't educated. But screw them. At least the school district gets to squander, er, I mean spend the money.

So who supported the elimination of this limited, student friendly voucher program. The usual suspects of those looking out for the poor students.

The U.S. Justice Department filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support the state. Voucher opponents included the state teachers union, the Florida PTA, the NAACP and the League of Women Voters.

The ruling did not directly affect nearly 30,000 students in two other voucher programs for disabled and poor children, but it could be cited as a precedent.


I can't wait for the all the handicapped kids to lose their private voucher money, too. Somehow, I'll bet the Florida Supreme Court finds a way to distinguish those kids. After all, the public school don't really want them because they are expensive.

7 Comments:

At 3:09 PM, Blogger T. F. Stern said...

I think they took a step toward the wrong direction too. It's time for the parents to take back education from those public schools which can't get the job done. Regardless of the quality of the public schools, tax payers have the right to pull out and go to a private school and take their money with them. Sorry Florida, you got it wrong, again.

 
At 4:44 PM, Blogger KJ said...

What is distressing about this is that the program is so limited, but it was still too much of a threat to government school indoctrination for the teachers' unions. The only people hurt by this are the bad school administrators. The only people helped is everyone, especially the poor kids in the crappy schools. But the Left says "screw them - they might go to a school that recognizes the existence of God if they get to choose."

 
At 5:30 PM, Blogger a former european said...

You forget. The Party cannot tolerate even one single counterrevolutionary idea. You will do what the Party says you must do, and think what the Party says you must think. You will only believe the latest Party-approved Truth. Dissent or lack of sufficient socialistic ardor is never tolerated and will be dealt with one 9mm bullet to the back of the head at a time.

When in doubt, check with your local ACLU Commissar for complying with Correct Thinking and Conduct.

Since the typical leftie suspects are all communists (educators, unions, racial pimps like the NAACP, etc.), one need only look to the various Soviet states to see their methods, beliefs, and outcomes.

Soviets believe that it is better for everyone to be equally miserable and broke, than for some to have more than others. Is it any surprise, then, when they want to apply this philosophy to the school system?

 
At 8:01 PM, Blogger Masked MenaceĀ© said...

The ruling was a victory for public schools across the state and nation

Noticably absent from the comment is the mention of any kind of victory for the students.

 
At 7:45 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Oh... but we know that whatever is good for public schools is automagically good for students, Mr. Menace.

Shame on you.

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger tee bee said...

They had to squelch it. It would have proven that the kids the public schools system cites as the reason they have poor statistics - basically the class known as the unteachables - could not only be taught, they could excel. Then everybody would want to excel without the public school indoc. Can't lose both money and devotees.

 
At 7:56 PM, Blogger a former european said...

Of COURSE dissenting ideas and viewpoints must be squelched at all costs by the iron fist of The Party. The so-called doctrines of tolerance and diversity apply only to party-approved Truth. Anything else might lead to incorrect thinking and, therefore, to the necessity of compulsory re-education.

Have you learned nothing from history? These fanatical idealogues operate from the same playbook every time.

 

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