Stick Up at the School House Door

Sep 21, 2014 by

Politicians hate it when different voting blocs of their party get crosswise on an issue. See unions and enviros, both groups loyal to the Democrat party and who often don’t see eye-to-eye.

Private sector unions want economic growth and the jobs (and resulting union dues) that go with it. Enviros, on the other hand, usually already have cushy and well-paying jobs in some soft sector, and are more interested in delivering their universal and invariable message, to wit: NO!! (What other cultural or political group has a philosophy and program that can be summed up in one word?)

The union in this case, the Florida Education Association, represents Florida’s government schoolteachers. The FEA, along with the Florida PTA and the Florida School Board Association, has sued the state, demanding it put an end to its K-12 school voucher program. The other Democratic voting bloc in this case is black Floridians, the chief beneficiaries of the voucher program.

Of the fewer than 70,000 Florida students the voucher program serves (out of almost 2.7 million K-12 students in the state), about 70 percent are minorities. Across Florida, many black political leaders and black parents like the program, which gets their children out of bad government schools into private schools where they have a better shot at a good education. These folks would like to see the program expanded, not put to an end.

via Stick Up at the School House Door | The American Spectator.

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