Pay attention, supporters of public education – the Georgia legislature is now looking at a bill that will end public education as an institution in the state. The bill will move Georgia to an all-voucher system. Importantly, what happens in the Georgia legislature usually trickles down to the rest of the South, so expect more of these coming our way very soon.
This will be especially true in Louisiana, as the poster child for public school dysfunction in the South is the non-accredited New Orleans Recovery School District (RSD). We have a governor that already has successful voucher legislation to hang his hat on, a sick-man teachers’ union that has little or no public support, and a system that’s main goal is to charter schools they can’t (won’t) fix.
The AJC Opinion page puts it this way:
Johnson bases his case on the contention that Georgia’s public schools are mediocre and impervious to improvement. However, the failings of Georgia schools are not inherent in public schools. They are a direct result of the state’s deep poverty, its historic indifference to quality education, especially for poor and minority children, and the repeated refusal of the very body that Johnson leads, the Legislature, to fund education adequately and stick with reforms long enough to register improvement.(Emphasis added by me.)
It sure would be a different story if the same folks who tell us how awesome school choice is weren’t the exact same people responsible for destroying the old system in the first damn place.