School Vouchers And Hurricane Katrina

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bad Decisions, Education, General Politics, Hurricane Katrina

What do those two things have in common?

Well, apparently the U.S. Department of Education thinks that some of the students who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina should go to the private, religious schools that they attended before the Hurricane hit. They even saw fit to put a $488 million school voucher proposal into the possible $200 billion Hurricane Katrina aid bill.

From the Palm Beach Post:

The proposal, which to this point is formalized only to the level of a few paragraphs in a press release, would give families displaced by the storm as much as $7,500 per child to spend on a private school, including a religious school, for the coming year.

Listen, I think it’s understandable the government has considered this, but it’s not their job to make sure these students get a private, religious education.

And these children certainly have my sympathy, but let them get their religion at church for the time being.

(HT: Political Wire)


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10 Responses to “School Vouchers And Hurricane Katrina”

  1. ford4x4 Says:

    I’m really unhappy with all the handouts that the government is already giving out. It’s just going to make a bad entitlement mentality in this country worse.

    However, since they’re already shelling out the dough…
    Many great business and political leaders – (heh – I used “great” and “political leader” in the same sentence)- come from private schools.
    Maybe the govt is just thinking ahead. Why ruin these kids by exposing them to public school now?

  2. debsay Says:

    You are aware that ‘religious education’ does not just entail teaching from the Bible, right???? They teach Reading, Writing, Spelling, Geography, History, etc, etc, etc…..
    They even do it better that the ‘public’ schools do (if you measure success by students that continue on to college)… what is the problem here…. A catholic school is not just a Sunday School… sheesh, I bet you would rather they just lose a year of school just so YOU don’t have to be offended that they can attend a ‘RELIGIOUS’ school… If the school in question is accredited… WHO CARES!!!!

  3. Justin Gardner Says:

    You are aware that ‘religious education’ does not just entail teaching from the Bible, right???? They teach Reading, Writing, Spelling, Geography, History, etc, etc, etc…..

    Of course, which is why they can get their religion from church, not school.

    sheesh, I bet you would rather they just lose a year of school just so YOU don’t have to be offended that they can attend a ‘RELIGIOUS’ school…

    Alright, you caught me. In fact, I don’t want ANY kids to got to ANY religious schools ever. And while we’re at it, let’s make all private institutions into Godless public institutions. That would warm my bleeding liberal heart.

    Please…let’s stick to what I actually said instead of suggesting things that are false and betray a very dismissive point of view.

  4. Lonely Federalist Says:

    Well then, could you elaborate on exactly what you were getting at in your original post, Justin?

    All I’m getting out of your framing is that you’re affronted that the government is providing funds for folks who were ALREADY sending their children to religious private schools at their own expense (because of lack of a general, non-emergency voucher program).

    Because, looking at the snippet you posted:

    [quote]The proposal, which to this point is formalized only to the level of a few paragraphs in a press release, would give families displaced by the storm as much as $7,500 per child to spend [b]on a private school[/b], [u]including a religious school[/u], for the coming year.[/quote]

    Reading closely, an observant reader would notice that the vouchers are good for ANY private school, not JUST religious private schools.

    I’m not seeing the same outrage from you over parents receiving the vouchers to continue sending their kids to private Montessory or Military schools.

    I thought that originally, you might have been against the use of the evacuees’ status and the overall disaster situation as a means for the DOE implementing a voucher “pilot” program without a general legislative/congressional authorization to do so…in which case, I might be inclined to agree with you (despite my affirmative position on school vouchers).

    Don’t get all ill about debsay’s interpretation of it. Your display of dismay about the folks who sent their children to religious schools was unaccompanied by similar outrage toward their secular counterparts.

    As I read it, you are simply stating the overall argument that vouchers, if allowed to be used by parents to send their children to a religious school of their choosing, constitutes government-endorsed religion.

    (This is my first time using markup in comments here, and I’ve been unable to find a list of supported markup tags for this host….the only thing uglier than comments without appropriate markup is uninterpreted raw markup in the post itself…so here’s hoping, hehe).

  5. Lonely Federalist Says:

    Urgh…inline uninterpreted markup. Can somebody point me to the supported tag documentation?

  6. Icepick Says:

    Lonely Federalist,

    Use the instead of [ and ] and the markup for italicizing, bolding and blockquotes should work. I haven’t tried underline before, but if this shows up underlined, then it works. Not sure about other markups, though. Back to lurker mode….

  7. Icepick Says:

    Okay, I can’t get underline to work. But for quotes, use , and the like, but without the spaces and spelled correctly.

  8. Lonely Federalist Says:

    Thanks, Icepick…but it seems whatever legitimate tag delimiter you’re using is being pulled out, hehe. I’m gonna take a guess that it’s html-style tags using greater/less than rather than UBB-style bracket tags?

  9. Lonely Federalist Says:

    Yar, got it…sorry for the thread derailment. =)

  10. Icepick Says:

    Whoa, a good chunk of my first post got eaten. I wonder if I used an unintentional markup?

    But yes, I was using the greater then and less than signs instead of brackets. Strange…..

    Anyway, we now return to your regularly scheduled program of throwing Christians to the bureaucrats. Or Lions to the Bucs. Or something….

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