Islamic Schools Already Participating in Florida’s Voucher Program

Bob Stover, the executive editor of Florida Today, uncovered something that many Floridians will find troubling. Stover writes this in his piece critical of Rep. Ritch Workman’s (R-Melbourne) position on voucher expansion:

To appreciate the Islamic connection, you have to remember that before this school year started, Workman put on his crusader armor and complained loudly to the school board about the contents of a high school world history textbook. He said the book had a pro-Islamic bias.

“Our children deserve facts and accuracy, not history being revised for our own failure or desire to not offend one culture or another,” he said.

Our article detailing that exchange with the school board said Workman “also expressed concern about how historic events are portrayed and what phrases are used. He said the textbook reads Jesus proclaims himself to be the Messiah but declares Muhammad becomes a prophet.”

I checked the Private School Review website Friday. It shows there are at least a dozen Islamic private schools in Florida.

And, according to the Florida Department of Education’s website, several of those Islamic schools are participating in the tax-supported scholarship program that Workman wanted to expand. As private schools, they’ll teach what they darn well please, I imagine. And thanks to Workman and others supporting the tax credit program, they’ll get a little state support.

But Floridians aren’t supposed to have concerns about such things as they’ve been lectured to by the state’s top school choice publication that Islamaphobia or anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in school choice debates.  And anti-public school zealots like this guy, Workman, consistently out-do themselves in their own hypocrisy.






About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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3 Responses to Islamic Schools Already Participating in Florida’s Voucher Program

  1. He is also ignorant about Florida’s constitution: When defending his bill against mounting criticism he said, “What (the constitution) doesn’t say is that it has to be a public school environment,” he said. “We are paying for it.”

    First the constitution does say it, …the education of children to be a fundamental value of the people of Florida; establishes adequate provision for education as a paramount duty of the state; expands constitutional mandate requiring the state to make adequate provision for a uniform system of free public schools by also requiring the state to make adequate provision for an efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system.

    Right there, uniform system of free public schools. It doesn’t say, hey if a parent doesn’t want sex ed or to learn about evolution, or has an irrational fear of teacher unions we’ll pay to send them somewhere else.

    Just another ridiculous politician in Tallahassee where that is more the rule than the exception.

  2. bob james says:

    Workman is another Republican tool getting kickbacks from the school choice industry. He knows who is buttering his bread.

  3. I’m not a fan of Rich Workman or Bob Stover.. Workman can be counted on to support anything Jeb Bush wants.. Unfortunately the libertarians won’t put up anyone viable against him, and the democrats will put up someone even scarier..

    As for Stover, he set out to do a hit piece.. He started trying to make the hit with:

    “He said the textbook reads Jesus proclaims himself to be the Messiah but declares Muhammad becomes a prophet.”

    And got himself into a bit of a jamb.. If the textbook didn’t say what Workman claimed, he’d have been all over him for that.. and it must have dawned on him that Jesus wouldn’t have been unlikely to make that statement, since Jesus predated Muhammad by around 600 years.. Even as a prophesy it would have meant nothing to his followers..

    So Stover tried switching tactics and brought up the fact Islamic schools are included in the law.. and claiming Workman was against Islam because he argued against a something “Islam” being in a textbook.. Stover ignores the fact the book wasn’t teaching fact..

    Trust me on this, if Islamic schools were not included in the law, Stover would be writing editorials supporting CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood while they were in Tally screaming about it..

    Several years ago about 20 of us quit posting on Florida Today at the same time. With Stover as editor, hundreds, sometimes thousands,of conservative comments and dozens of conservative blogs were disappearing on a weekly basis.. Sometimes when we complained they were recovered, sometimes they weren’t. Eventually we decided it wasn’t worth the effort. One of the big reasons I started my website

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