AZ Blocks Private Schooling

PUBLISHED: 4:49 PM 22 Mar 2018

Arizona Liberals Win Public School Victory, State Supreme Court Rules Voters Will Decide

The proposed law would have allowed public school money to be used for private schools.

Arizona voters are now being asked just how badly they want their kids to stay in public schools.

The Supreme Court of Arizona shut down a new education proposal on Wednesday. School choice advocates were dealt a major loss by the decision.

The highest court in Arizona has sided with the monopoly of the public-school system. Forcing kids to suffer through some of the worst public schools in the nation, voters are taking the matter to the ballot box in 2018.

Education Secretary Betsy Davos has come under increased scrutiny because liberals believe she is at fault for allowing school shootings to take place. Leftists are now renewing the battle against the female republican and her school voucher program.

Arizona governor, Doug Ducey, had planned to implement the largest school voucher program in the United States. The proposal would allow for 30,000 students to use public funds to attend private schools.

Helping some of the less fortunate families, at-risk children would be provided the opportunity to receive a better education. Not wanting poor people in their elite institutions, the liberal left is against government funded education when it helps republicans.

Elitists and Separate But Equal supporters blocked the measure in Arizona. The Supreme Court has determined that the initiative should be decided at the ballot in November.

As long as the Arizona state legislature does not repeal, amend, or replace the measure, residents will vote on the issue. Voters will be deciding if the existing voucher program will be opened to all parents or remain restricted.

The measure was put on hold last summer after democrat groups and teachers collected more than 110,000 signatures. According to the Arizona constitution, a petition with enough signatures can block a proposal from becoming law.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declared that the ultimate decision is left to the constituents who must endure the public-school system.

The advocacy group, Save Our School Arizona, declared that the vote would be challenged and defeated. The group is responsible for the volunteer-led campaign which originally blocked the measure.

Dawn Penich-Thacker, a spokesperson for the group, announced a detailed plan to defeat the governor’s education platform. If a replacement legislation is drafted before November, Thacker is confident the advocates will be able to mobilize and collect more signatures in a shorter period.

The spokesperson went on to declare a plan extending into the future after the voucher program was completely defeated. Thacker intends to continue fighting for grand education funding reform.

Inferring the voucher program cannot work because of the lack of funding for education in the state, Thacker laments that the children are suffering due to it.

Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, J.D. Mesnard expressed doubt that the measure would be completely repealed. The republican speaker suggested the legislature would seek to replace the voucher initiative if voters are not content with the current wording.

The group, American Federation for Children, has been spearheading the campaign to promote the voucher program. Previously chaired by the Secretary of Education, the group’s attorney filed a lawsuit against the petition claiming widespread fraud and misconduct.

The Supreme Court upheld the lower court decision to block lawsuit. Voucher supporters did not have the foundation for a lawsuit because the law was removed in 2015 before being reinstated.

The Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) program is an initiative in Arizona that reallocates money the government would otherwise give to the public school for an individual student. Helping create diversity in education, the program takes the $6,000 the state pays per student to public schools and gives that money to the school of the parents choosing.

Kids with disabilities receive closer to $20,000 in scholarship assistance.

Holding a ballot measure in 2018, voters will decide if the program will be open to everyone, or just those who require economic and financial aid. If all people are able to enroll in the program, the voucher system will cap at 30,000 applicants.

Opponents of the voucher program claim that funding for public schools will disappear if people stop attending them.

Refusing to cave into state-sponsored indoctrination, voucher advocates suggest that more available options in the education field will benefit the students. Going back to Adam Smith’s invisible hand, the doctrine of a free market economic system dictates that competition helps the industry thrive.

The whole reason there are anti-trust laws and punishments for building monopolies in America is to stimulate the free market and promote industrial growth. Americans across the nation are realizing serious flaws with the current public-school model and are demanding change in the education of the youth.