MARCH 30, 2021 12:21PM
School Choice Is on The Move. Is It Too Late?
By Neal McCluskey
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Unfortunately, private schools have suffered for over a century from a chronic threat to their health that has been the underlying condition in numerous COVID-19 losses: they have had to compete against “free” public schools that receive large taxpayer subsidies. And as the chart below shows, such subsidies have been growing for decades.
Given the massive problem of having to convince people to pay twice for education – first taxes for public schools, then tuition – it is not surprising that the nation has lost at least 133 private schools, enrolling around 21,000 students, due to the economic effects of COVID-19. Most had been suffering from serious financial ailments long before that.
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In the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee, Gooferment Skrules have a ruinous effect on property taxes. The Teachers’ Union runs the State and unlikely to change. If we could KILL the whole concept of “free” “public” “education”.
Maybe if the First Amendment argument could ever get traction, then we could convince a court that the teaching of “secularism” amounts to teaching the worship of the Gooferment as a state “religion”.
Financially, “free public education” is a killer from a real estate tax perspective.
The political influencie of the Teachers’ Union is an anti-democratic tour de force. Given the inbreeding of teachers and politicians “We, The Sheeple” can never be free of these parasites.
I especially object to teachers serving on Boards of Education in town nearby where they work. It’s an interlocking conflict of interest.