Thursday, March 23, 2006

Editorial of the day

The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.

Replace "Lord" with "government", and you have the topic of George Will's column today, "School Voucher Foolishness in Fla.".

We have a public school that is failing, by the state's own standards. The state enables students of that school to use vouchers to attend private schools. The students take advantage of the program. The teacher's union takes the state to court, trying to block the voucher program. The state's Supreme Court bans the voucher program based on one word of the state constitution: "uniform". The state is required to provide public school education which is "uniform".

No regard is given by the court to what the state should do when this fails to happen. The state just has to make it happen, like there is some educational magic wand at the governor's disposal.

States are fighting an uphill battle against the teacher's unions every step of the way, yet the states are expected to maintain a quality education system.

Until we take the teacher's unions out of politics (or out of existence), we will NEVER make any real progress in improving education in this country.

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