Last week, the Florida PTA sent an action alert to its members, pressing them to call lawmakers about the bill to expand tax credit scholarships for low-income students. The alert said, “Tell them to “STOP THE ATTACK ON OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS!”
Parents of children with tax credit scholarships fired back. One wrote, “Stop the attack on our children.”
Some sent messages to the PTA; some to the same lawmakers targeted by the PTA; some to both. (The scholarship parents were notified about the PTA missive and encouraged to respond by Step Up For Students, which administers the scholarship program and co-hosts this blog.)
One of the ways we believe our blog can add value is by highlighting the voices of those central to the school choice debate and yet too often not heard. To that end, we think the parent responses to the PTA are worth consideration. Here are excerpts:
Can I just take a minute to say that again? THANK YOU!
For the past year, my third grade daughter has been able to attend a private school, with a student/teacher ratio of 1/17. She LOVES her classes, and is excelling quickly–so far making straight A’s. There is no way my husband and I could afford to send her to private school without the help of the Step-Up-For-Students scholarship. Unfortunately, I had to put her 7th grade brother into a public school system this year in order for him to be able to potentially qualify for the private school scholarship next year. Within the first two weeks of public school, he asked if I would personally provide his transportation rather than having to ride the bus. His reason, “I am required to sit by these boys on the bus, and they are perverted. They look at everything as perverted, and constantly make disgusting jokes.” He also told me the other day, “I don’t think I have a single friend at school who doesn’t cuss, although a few of them are trying to stop.” Continue Reading →