“Finger pointing and agitation is quick on the heels of disappointment following a collapse in negotiations between Pennsylvania House and Senate leaders over a school voucher bill despite Republicans controlling both chambers and the governor’s office.

The state will likely have to wait until after lawmakers return from their two-month summer recess following a last-minute failure to cobble together legislation both chambers could agree. Sen. Jeffrey E. Piccola (R), chairman of the Senate Education Committee and co-sponsor of the controversial proposed voucher legislation SB1 accused the House of being “unable or unwilling to engage in any meaningful discussions to finalize a compromise.”   MORE

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I hope that the people of Pennsylvania wake up enough to ask a few important questions such as:  What is the exact dollar amount of these school vouchers?  What is the average private school tuition in  Pennsylvania?  The cost per student in public schools in the USA ranges from $5,000, to $7,000 per student and the rich are yelping about that.  It wouldn’t make any sense for their “fiscal” conservativeness to expect that the vouchers would be the same or more.

Few, if any, private schools are under $9,000 a year per student for tuition.  This means that parents can count on  paying between $2,000 and $4,000 per child for their school tuition to close the gap between what the voucher pays and what the private school charges. Thus if a parent has three children, they  can expect, at a minimum to be forking over $6,000 to $12,000 a year for tuition for their children if the rich get their way with the school vouchers.

As the old expression goes, the devil is always in the detail.  The scheme to dismantle public education and replace it with school vouchers is a plan that has long been in place and is heavily funded by the Koch brothers and Republican stalwarts like Betsy DeVos (Amway) and the Mellon Scaipe family .

And the plutocrats in the US House have already passed a version of the school voucher bill:

Find out how your representative voted.

As you may have heard, the House of Representatives has already passed their version of the DC voucher bill, HR 471, that would send taxpayer money to private and religious schools in the District of Columbia. Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has sponsored the Senate version of the bill, S 206, which would restart and expand the failed DC school voucher experiment. …

George Carlin was right when he said: ” I’ll tell you what they don’t want.  They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking.  They don’t want well-informed, well-eduated people capable of critical thinking.  They are not interested in that.  That doesn’t help them.  They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they are getting fked by a system that threw them overboard thirty years ago.  They don’t want that.”

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Their propaganda campaigns for school voucher campaigns craft two messages: one for the insiders and one for the general public.

In the case of the school vouchers, they have crafted two messages:  one for committed followers and one for the broader public.  In fact this is the strategy they follow to promote any piece of their ideology that is aimed to dismantle our nation and put people like them in total control.

For example, the Florida-based James Madison Institute, a right-wing think tank, has stated that it “believes that parents should have freedom to make decisions in the best interests of their children.”  Most Americans, even those who strongly support public education would agree with such statements.  These words,  of course, leave unmentioned, the fact that the James Madison Institute’s education policy director has signed a proclamation that calls for scrapping the public education system.  SOURCE

Liz Berry

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