Another critique of New Jersey’s school voucher scheme, the “Opportunity Scholarship Act,” via Conservative New Jersey. Click through the link after the quote below, to read the rest of the story. We have to say, we agree!
REAL SCHOOL FUNDING REFORM
Posted on December 8, 2011, 8:11 PM, under Education, New Jersey, Politics, Taxes.
The past two days I reposted articles I had written on the “Opportunity Scholarship Act” that special interest groups are trying to ram through the legislature during this “Lame Duck” session. What these people do not understand is that by passing this bill, they will help to insure that inner city children will not get a better education. Rather, the educational environment in these districts will continue to degrade as more and more tax dollars are poured into a system that is doomed to fail.
At the forefront of the effort to pass this abomination of a bill is “We Can Do Better New Jersey”. This group is trying to convince the citizens of New Jersey that passage of this bill will be the beginning of better days for New Jersey Taxpayers who are footing the bill for the Abbott District boondoggle. Unfortunately, they are completely wrong.
This is the summation of what they want people to believe from the homepage of their website:
The Opportunity Scholarship Act (S-1872/A-2810) will help public school districts in New Jersey improve failing schools. It will empower the parents of children in failing schools to choose public or non-public schools that will best serve the needs of their children.
Unlike vouchers, the program is funded by corporate tax credits. No payments are made from the government to non-public schools or directly to parents. Also, there’s no added burden to taxpayers. The Scholarship Act will benefit all New Jerseyans, but most of all, our children.
Under a 5-year pilot program, eligible low-income children attending a chronically failing public school anywhere in New Jersey would receive scholarships to attend participating public or non-public schools.
Their first statement that the Act will help public school districts in New Jersey improve failing schools is just pure nonsense. Empowering parents to choose schools that best serve their needs does nothing to improve a school district. Improvement only comes when motivation is applied to improve something. Without motivation, how can the removal of a few children improve the learning environment for all of the other children that will remain behind?