Controversial School Voucher Bill Passed in Education Committee, Headed for Pennsylvania Senate Vote
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Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 02:54:22 PM EST
The Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee passed a school voucher bill that could go to the state Senate for a vote as early as today. Beginning in April of this year, I wrote a series of articles about the use of school vouchers as a strategy for dismantling public education, and the role of the Betsy DeVos-led organization American Federation for Children in this well-funded political effort.  Talk2action co-founder Bruce Wilson and I produced a video documenting the teaching of creationism and attacks on Catholicism in the textbook series used by private schools already receiving corporate tax credit funding (EITC) in Pennsylvania.  If the controversial SB-1 passes, the public funding to private and parochial schools, including those in the video, will be dramatically increased. SB-1 would initiate a voucher program and expand EITC from $75 million to $125 million over the next three years.
Links to previous articles on the money and organizations behind school vouchers and corporate tax credit programs and the video follow.

Betsy DeVos and AFC Implement Think Tank strategy to Use Vouchers to Dismantle Public Schools

Details of the American Federation for Children-affiliated financing and mobilizing of support for school vouchers in Pennsylvania

Details of American Federation for Children-affiliated financing in Indiana and other states

Update on AFC-affiliate activities in Pennsylvania and sponsorship of mailer attacking opposing senator

Betsy DeVos Announces PA Governor Tom Corbett Will Keynote Pro-Voucher National Policy Summit

Strategy for Privatizing Public Schools Spelled Out by Dick DeVos in 2002 Heritage Foundation Speech

Protesters Object to School Privatization Efforts of DeVos, Michelle Rhee and PA and WI Governors

Vouchers/Tax Credits Funding Creationism, Revisionist History, Hostility Toward Other Religions

Prince and DeVos Families at Intersection of Radical Free Market Privatizers, Religious Right

"School Choice: Taxpayer-Funded Creationism, Bigotry, and Bias" (Video)
Short Preview  (5 minutes, embedded below)
Full Length Version (34 minutes)

Short Preview of Video

The school voucher bill passed 27 -22 in the Senate  and will now go to the House of Representatives.

by Rachel Tabachnick on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 09:13:17 AM EST
dramatically underscores the point that Religious Right political and policy success are not limited to advancing their anti-abortion agenda in the states.

by Frederick Clarkson on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 09:46:56 AM EST

I was shocked to see among the 22 on the downside of the Senate vote my own Senator Greenleaf. Pleased but shocked. Nothing that he has ever done or said seems to predict this, but I am happy to interpret this as progress. Vouchers like charter schools' funding is nothing less than a witholding of funds  our public schools need badly.

by achbird65 on Sun Oct 30, 2011 at 08:34:53 PM EST
Scrap the earlier (by 3 days, no less!) possibility that Senator  Greenleaf's 'no' vote on vouchers might mean progress, for today's Inquirer makes it probably a fluke. He's also a flake! All across the top of the B Section [Philadelphia Inquirer, B1; Nov. 1, 2011] is GREENLEAF FILES FOR N.H. PRIMARY BALLOT. This non-candidate candidate joins a list of flakes in the Republican lineup, many from the fringe who have been there before.  It costs only $1,000 to file, so why not? A good publicity stunt!

Nevertheless, his vote against vouchers must be appreciated.

by achbird65 on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 11:06:23 AM EST

The Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee approved a school coupon bill that could go to the national Senate for a vote. You may make my assignment is a convincing way for pupils. In April of this year, my friend wrote some articles about the usage of school vouchers as an approach for disassembling public education, and the part of the Betsy DeVos-led organization American Federation for Children in this radical struggle.

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Education is the first priority to all of us and this bill is going to make future of our children. Yesterday i got a message on my whatsapp said your whatsapp is hacked. So if we are aware about education these hacker cant do anything.

by natasha64bradd on Thu Jun 13, 2019 at 01:48:49 AM EST

Undoubtedly, some of these private schools are excellent, but a review of the Louisiana list shows that most prestigious and recognized schools are not interested in taking many or any vouchers. I tried for essay pro review Some schools lack the majority of students. physical objects and act "on faith" that they will be able to cope with the increase in the number of students.

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