The Scorched Earth Propaganda Campaign to Demonize Florida’s Voucher Challenge


Perhaps the advocates of Florida’s school voucher program senses real danger in the lawsuit which is challenging the constitutionality the law. Travis Pillow of redefinED provides this background:

The lawsuit, filed in late August by the statewide teachers union, the Florida School Boards Association, the NAACP, the statewide PTA and other groups, argues the tax credit scholarship program violates the state constitution by creating a parallel education system backed by public money. They also argue the program violates a prohibition on state money going to religious institutions.

Pillow points out that an expansion of the opposition to the lawsuit now includes a group of parents of McKay scholarship students who receive vouchers to alternative schools. McKay recipients are special needs students. The parents inclusion in the opposition is because their lawyer “contend” that McKay students “would also be threatened by the legal arguments in the case.”

Clever lawyer speak doesn’t make it so, does it? Its clear that voucher proponents are looking for as many victims as they can find and to drum up as much public sympathy as they can. Their legal filing goes as far to include that the families reasonably fear for the educational future of their children, not to mention their safety.”

Their safety?

This blog draws significant criticism from voucher advocates and expects to do so again with this post. Lets consider one such comment.

MY CHILD LIVES IN A NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE AT ONE TIME IT WAS SAFE, AFFLUENT, AND GREAT. NOW THEY CAN NOT EVEN GO OUTSIDE TO PLAY IN THE FRONT YARD. THIS PROGRAM ALLOWS MY CHILD TO GO TO A PRIVATE SCHOOL WHERE SHE IS SAFE AND THRIVES ACADEMICALLY, SHE DOES NOT NEED TO BE FORCED INTO AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THAT HAS STABBINGS AND WEAPONS BROUGHT WEEKLY!!!

Commenting in all caps is revealing enough, but this person left two names via  an insta- email address to gain access. Even the most ardent supporters of school choice legislation probably find the assertion that an “elementary school” has “stabbings and weapons brought weekly.” Scathing Purple Musings asked this person which school they were referencing, but has not received a response.

Additional comments referred to this writer as a “union hack” and a “Marxist.”

Why is opposition to the lawsuit been so outrageously shrill? Its clear there is an attempt to single out public school teachers from the plaintiffs with such attacks as listed above and hit pieces from Jeb Bush loyalists on union leadership. Is it because they realize that the lawsuit has merit? If so, Floridians are witnessing a scorched-earth propaganda campaign to save an unconstitutional taxpayer-funded program

 

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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