Florida embraces school-choice

Want to go to a private school? Then, move to Florida, which is now the first state with a statewide school voucher program. All students in sub-standard schools will receive “opportunity scholarships” of $3,000 to $25,000 (special-ed.) that can be spent on private or parochial school tuition. This is an historic victory for the school-choice movement.The plan passed in the Florida legislature because before students receive vouchers, their failing school will receive extra funds to improve its services. This means that schools get a second chance to improve the quality of their education.

The program will initially grade all schools with an A, B, C, D, or F, based on student performance. Those schools that receive an F will be given another year and extra taxpayer money to improve their services. If they fail after the second year, all students in that school will have the right to choose a private school and receive vouchers to pay for the tuition. They also have the right to stay at the government’s school.

Currently, students at only four schools in Florida will potentially qualify for the program. However, the state recently approved tougher student standards that may allow students at more than 160 schools to choose their schools.

But what about the B, C, and D schools? Shouldn’t students at those schools have the right to seek out an “A” education?

Fortunately, Florida’s statewide voucher program will undoubtedly lead to a full-privatization of the government’s schools. Once students and parents at private schools rave about private education, students and parents at government schools will demand “school choice” and then receive vouchers.

Vouchers prove that the government does not need to operate schools to provide an education to citizens. To feed poor citizens, the government could have set up government grocery stores. Luckily, the government distributed food stamps, which allowed recipients to purchase food at ANY grocery store. Vouchers operate in a similar manner by allowing students to purchase an education at ANY school.

Many families choose to buy homes in neighborhoods with the best schools. Now, the opposite might happen. If you and your family move to a Florida neighborhood with a failing school then you might receive vouchers for a private school instead of an “F” quality education at a government school.

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