Skip to comments.Low-income families lining up for vouchers in Florida
Posted on 07/28/2011 7:15:35 AM PDT by smokingfrog
Step Up for Students, the Tampa-based group that administers tax-credit vouchers statewide, said in a press release today that it received more than 33,000 new applications this year before cutting off the process May 21.
That's up a ton from last year, and months ahead of last year's cutoff. And it's another strong sign that demand for vouchers among low-income families is rising fast.
According to Step Up for Students spokesman Jon East, the group received 22,000 new applications last year between the start of the application period, April 1, and mid September. New applications are filled out by families who aren't already in the program.
The number of available vouchers will rise by a few thousand this year, up from the 34,000 or so given out last year. But given the spike in applications, it looks like the state is headed for a long waiting list - and more political pressure for another expansion.
In a related development today, a report released by the left-leaning Center on Education Policy says "a decade of voucher research finds no clear positive impact on student academic achievement." It drew this in-your-face retort from a senior fellow at the Foundation for Educational Choice.
(Excerpt) Read more at tampabay.com ...
Just another branch on the Cloward & Piven tree designed to cripple the USA under the weight of people demanding things without working for them.
Some homeschoolers are strongly against vouchers, because it is a sneaky backdoor into government involvement in homeschooling. Others see it as a wave of a positive future in academic freedom.
One of the very FIRST things Obama and the dem congress did was cut off the Wash DC voucher program. True payback for the teachers unions using students in terrible schools as fodder, while the ONE blithely sent his kids to private school.
How this doesn’t translate to votes from the black community is amazing to me. If someone took a wrecking ball to my child this way, I would NEVER vote for him or his party again.
These are school vouchers, not housing vouchers.
I’m all for making it easier for parents to send their kids to school someplace other than the government run monopoly school system. If the teacher unions are against vouchers, they must be a good thing. Now the Californiacation school system wants to teach your kid about the gay life style!
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