by Edd Doerr
Two days after Sen Tom Harkin (D-IA) released his new bill for updating federal aid to education Sen Lanar Alexander (R-TN) threw in the GOP bill. Worth noting is what the NY Times reported on the GOP bill on June 6.
"Mr Alexander said he wanted to include a provision allowing parents to take public money and put it toward any public school or accredited private school of their choice. He said that he and Sen Rand Paul (R-KY) would be introducing an amendment to the bill once it reached the Senate floor to give vouchers to families to use federal dollars to attend private schools."
Alexander's bill, of course, will not reach the floor in the Democratic majority Senate.
But there you have it. The Republican Party once again is pouring the same old sour whine into the same old dirty bottle. They are locked into trying to divert public funds to religious private schools despite the federal and state constitutions, despite over 40 years of landslide defeats of such measures in 27 statewide referendum elections. They brazenly thumb their noses at the religious freedom of American taxpayers not to be forced by government to support religious institutions, at our religiously neutral public schools, at our public school teachers and teacher unions.
Once again let me recommend my article "The Great School Voucher Fraud", accessible at the Americans for Religious Liberty web site --- arlinc.org
They aren't giving up. Neither should the sensible majority who value our freedoms and our democratic public schools.