Step Up for Students is the well-compensated agent which administers Florida’s school voucher program, cleverly named the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Like the Obama administration’s aversion to using the word “terrorist,” SUFS and Jeb Bush’s foundation bristle at “vouchers,” and insist upon calling them “scholarships.”
Anyhow, SUFS’ hostility toward the union which represents Florida teachers is nothing new. The jab at the state’s elected school boards is new. While both Matus and McCay are focused on the FSBA and the FEA’s lawsuit which challenges their pet program, and that they and not them are the one’s engaged in turf protection, a far larger issue is at play.
Local school boards and the idea of local control of schools are the mortal enemy of school choice educrats like SUFS and the one’s who float back and forth between jobs at one of Jeb Bush’s foundations and the Florida DOE. The lobbyists and special interests of the testing industry and for-profit charter schools would rather not have to be troubled by silly school boards in Florida communities when they can just wine and dine and buy their way with the Tallahassee ruling class dominated by republicans.
McCay’s verbal jiu-jitsu with the word “uniformity” is laughable. Unsurprisingly, he makes no mention that voucher schools benefit from a separate and unequal accountability system. Taxpayers and parents have no idea how schools are performing.
One wonders how SUFS and guys like McCay will weigh in on the parents choosing to opt-out of state-wide testing. They will probably stay silent and are fortunate to get to hide behind education commissioner Pam Stewart who has declared that its illegal to opt-out They probably enjoy the fact that school boards and the state’s teachers are in her crosshairs. Pitty parents can’t choose, isn’t it?
So who’s attacking #schoolchoice now? As always, this crowd only wants Floridians to choose what they say to choose.