It’s Not About “School Choice” – It’s About “Schools’ Choice”

Look what Tricia Cotham’s soul-selling has brought us:

The ultimate school choice bill.

Supposedly it is about “school choice.” Even the bill above is partly titled “Choose Your School.” Yet that is a misnomer.

Why? Because “School Choice” here really means “Schools’ Choice.” While those religious schools that are already tax exempt are allowed to take tax payer money to operate without the transparency of student achievement, they also have the ability to limit whom they admit into their schools.

You don’t fit the mold? No admittance. Already have a track record of discipline? No admittance. Special needs student with an IEP? A much higher rate of no admittance.

Imagine if you are an LGBTQ student?

Josh Cowen, a professor of Education Policy at the University of Michigan,  stated that vouchers help create a system in which three separate categories house all private schools in a voucher state.

  1. “High performing schools that don’t need students or vouchers” (and probably have a price tag well above what the average per-pupil expenditure is for each student in the state).
  2. “Sub-prime schools desperate for money to stay open.”
  3. New schools opening just for the money – usually to fund a church (which is not taxed).”

It’s almost like he was talking about North Carolina specifically.

And don’t forget that if a private school wants to keep low-income students who qualify for vouchers from even thinking of trying to apply, then it only has to raise its price and make it so unaffordable that it maintains its preferred clientele.