Wednesday, October 05, 2011

John Kirtley on Mayor Riordan's column

From Florida ed reform warrior John Kirtley:


Thank you for including Mayor Riordan's column in your email. What I found curious is that the Mayor didn't mention the obvious public policy solution to the urgent problem he presents. Voucher and tax credit scholarship programs are empowering poor parents to send their children to urban Catholic schools (and many other kinds, religious or not) in states like Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, DC and soon others. In Florida, the tax credit scholarship program will provide close to $175 million in scholarships in this school year alone--more than the endowment the Mayor hopes to raise. For those who say "it's too hard politically to make happen in California", just wait--you may soon see programs in union stronghold states that you never expected.


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