Thursday, December 11, 2014 – I’ll VOUCH for That!
It appears the boys and girls of Texas public schools will be getting a lump of coal in their Christmas stocking thanks to a denial of funds by the U. S. Department of Education. And it is a big chunk of change too. $120 million over a four year period. That equates to about $30 million per year, if you are doing the math. It seems the federal reviewers graded the application from Texas as “poor” because of how it would implement its proposal. The “V-word” was used. VOUCHER! The state proposed using grant money for a trial voucher program. Vouchers mean if you have the money, your child can go to a school with those of equal mind, color, and culture. It seems education advocates and pro-business groups criticized the proposal. No worries though. I am certain the new governor will sue the Department of Education. But according to state law, the boys and girls can say “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Hanukkah” on their school campus, even if they are not getting anything. Just think – in a few weeks state lawmakers will meet to deal with education issues. They did so well last session regarding public education. ROFL. I wonder if the T E of A is considering a new education slogan – We’re not Mississippi!