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The Pro-Vouchers Are Coming! The Pro-Vouchers Are Coming!

September 14th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

From Show Me Progress: (not affiliated with the (Show-Me-Institute)

“The motto of school voucher advocates in Missouri must be, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again, because big money donors to state legislators who favor vouchers have already given more campaign contributions–fourteen months before the elections!–than they did in 2004 and 2006.

Which brings us to Sinquefield’s two groups: All Children Matter and the infamous Show Me Institute.

All Children Matter exists in only ten states, and we’re among the lucky ones to be targeted. Most of the money for it comes from out-of-state, with less than a third coming from actual Missourians. Make that Missourian, singular, as in Rex Sinquefield. Ninety-five percent of the in-state contributions come from him.”

These groups and their legislative supporters want Missouri tax money going to private schools. They have a problem, though: the Missouri constitution forbids that. So they have come up with an ingenious shell game to circumvent the law. It’s called tax credits, and here’s how it works.” Read more…

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  • 1 Stephen Bough // Sep 14, 2007 at 9:55 am

    Scooter – does this mean you are against Rex’s efforts for vouchers?

  • 2 elaine // Sep 14, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    I’m fairly confused about how we will “get stuck with a $40 million bill for education” when there isn’t currently one in the hopper. And I think if you look at the language of HB 808, you’ll see that in addition to it not being a voucher, it didn’t include any students but those whose school districts are failing: those are the least served students, as well as typically the poorest students. Dry rhetoric doesn’t hold up in this case, or in the myth that more money equals better schools. Scooter, lately you haven’t really been fact-checking the things you’re reposting. I know, I know, “now we decide”. Hard to do with only one side of the story:)

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