The Next Irresponsible Expansion of Florida’s McKay Scholarship is Here

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Stealth Legislation

January 16, 2013

By: Bob Sikes – Scathing Purple Musings

Now it won’t matter that a child wasn’t even a student in Florida the year before to qualify.

From the wisdom of Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R-Miami) comes SB 172 which provides:

John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program; Revising the eligibility requirements for the John M. McKay scholarships for students with disabilities program; deleting the requirement that a student must have spent the prior school year in attendance at a Florida public school, etc.which >

Fresh off the McKay Scholarship abuse scandal of 2011, which nobody would have known about had it not been revealed in a disturbing piece of investigative journalism by theMiami New Times, another republican politician has dutifully taken his turn at furthering his voucher agenda with stealth legislation.

The agency head tasked with the responsibility of policing private schools essentially shot the media messenger in a bizarre letter to the Times after the 2011 story was published.  Prior becoming the director of the state’s director of Independent Education and Parental Choice, Michael Kooi,  was the state’s top lobbyist for charter schools.

Kooi’s protest too much protestations weren’t in any way helpful, nor is it certain whether or not the FLDOE has made any effective changes to it’s oversight capabilities. A request was made by Rep. Rick Kriseman (D -St. Petersburg) in December 2011  to do just that.

At any rate, it’s far too soon to expand McKay in any manner – especially one so susceptible to fraud where kids and their parents can conveniently parachute in at the last minute. But Florida’s republican legislators have never displayed  concern for McKay abuse and this is just another legislative spaghetti against the wall scheme they want to stick.  Senator Diaz de la Portilla is obviously among those whom don’t mind such nonsence.

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