Friday, April 7, 2017

Good For Arizona

From Havasu News:  Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a major school voucher expansion bill that will extend eligibility to all 1.1 million state schoolchildren despite vehement opposition from Democrats who believe it will undercut public education and cost taxpayers untold millions of dollars.
"When parents have more choices, kids win," Ducey tweeted after the House and Senate barely passed the legislation Thursday evening.
Republican backers call the measure a needed school choice expansion, but opponents argued it will benefit the wealthy, who they say will use state money to pay for private education they would fund anyway.
The governor wrote: "Arizona has been the nation's leader in educational & parental choice for two decades. Let's keep it going, & help all Arizona kids succeed!"
The program will give Arizona one of broadest voucher programs in the nation.
The law comes at a time with considerable national momentum behind school choice, punctuated by the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as President Donald Trump's Education Secretary. The billionaire is a vocal supporter of school choice and voucher programs, putting the nation's top education official firmly behind the Arizona proposal.
This is good news for many school children in Arizona.  While most children in rural areas will not be helped, those living in the bigger cities, where there are private schools, this will be a great help for the kids.  School choice will not only improve public schools because the public schools will now have to compete for students, it will also allow parents to take their kids out of failing schools and put them in better schools, if that is what the parents want.
So, congratulations to the GOP for finally allowing for school choice.  After all, it's for the children:

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