May 3, 2006

RUBE GOLDBLAINE:

Senate moves to keep vouchers: The state Senate advanced a proposal to fix the constitutional weaknesses of Florida's first voucher program. It comes up for a vote today (MARY ELLEN KLAS, 5/03/06, Miami Herald)

The state Supreme Court ruled that the state Constitution bars the state from using taxpayer dollars for private schooling.

The Senate's suggested solution: Don't give the state funds directly to the kids. Instead, let corporate sponsors pay for the vouchers -- then give them a dollar-for-dollar tax credit.

The plan, which will come up for a final vote today, is designed to get around the high court decision in January that declared the Opportunity Scholarship Program unconstitutional. [...]

The proposal would expand the already existing corporate tax-credit scholarship program but will not affect another voucher measure, the McKay Scholarships, designed to help disabled students go to public schools.

The Florida Education Association and a coalition of groups financed the lawsuit that overturned the governor's first voucher program. The lead attorney, Ron Meyer, called Webster's bill ''a good start toward addressing the constitutional shortcomings that the court found and that is something we support.'' Meyer said his coalition has ''no plans'' to file a lawsuit against the other voucher programs and said warnings from the governor and voucher supporters that his group plans to challenge the McKay scholarships are untrue.


Are such contortions really worthwhile just to retain anti-Catholic detritus in your constitution?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 3, 2006 12:00 AM
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Only if you see yourself as Progressive, and your every act advances History.....

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at May 3, 2006 12:35 PM
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