I got an email from the chairman of the House Education Committee today:
It is important to realize that this is not just giving public money to private schools. There are strict guidelines that must be followed.
In order to qualify for this voucher a student must first be eligible for free or reduced lunches. And secondly, that student must be attending a school that is deemed a “failing” school by state authorities. Currently the only school in Knox County that would have students eligible to participate is Sarah Moore Green Elementary.
Harry Brooks is one of our more thoughtful Republican representatives and I know he has at least one kid. I don't have any kids. Unlike Senator Campfield, I won't pretend I would begin to know how to legislate what is best for them, but I find this troubling on a very basic level that I think anyone could understand. Is the entire notion of contemporary educational reform premised upon a foundation of abandonment? Or exile? Segregation? I'm struggling for words here, and our legislators are struggling for solutions. Help 'em out.
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