Vouchers for breakfast
Our mighty blogmaster, Jeff Solochek, is relaxing at home today, so as we scramble to fill the void, we figured we'd start you off with a heapin' helping of voucher stew. First off, the Lakeland Ledger reports this morning (story here) that a jury found two Polk County women guilty of stealing money from Florida's voucher program, more specifically the McKay program for disabled kids. The Polk case was among several in recent years that raised concerns about oversight and accountability for one of Jeb Bush's pet education initiatives.
Also this morning, ever-provocative St. Petersburg Times columnist Bill Maxwell writes that black lawmakers who support vouchers are guilty of "wrongheaded thinking" and that "merely giving vouchers to low-performing students, who lack family support, is nothing more than transferring a culture of failure to a different environment." Maxwell's piece is a spinoff from this story in Sunday's Times, which also got folks chattering on pro-voucher blogs outside Florida (like this one and this one.)