Monday, August 3, 2009

School Tuition Organizations on Defense Again

Posted By on Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 8:47 AM

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Take a good look at Tom Horne's face. This is the man elected to advocate for public education in Arizona, but it always seems he's more eager to screw public education that advocate for it when it comes to vouchers and legislators.
But after reading two articles recently on school-tuition organizations, it feels like the hounds have been let loose on them—and that feels pretty good.

First the article from the East Valley Tribune, then the Arizona Republic shared more insight into the underbelly of school tax credits—but it was Blog for Arizona's David Safier that brought it all home here. Safier deserves a lot of credit for his blogs on education. Thanks David.

After interviewing Tucson mom Jenifer Darland about the paper trail she uncovered that pointed out major ethics violations of Rep. Steve Yarbrough, it made it seem like the entire school-tuition-organization system is a circus. While I keep cringing at what the two Phoenix papers brought to light—that tax credits are paying for the tuition of rich white kids—I've cringed even more thinking about our Tom Horne. He's been a huge supporter of vouchers - saying this STO system makes public schools stronger.

Wow, how foolish we've been folks.

East Valley Tribune lead:

Only God and the health of loved ones rank higher with Beth and Doug Fitch than an elite education for their two boys.

The $20,000-a-year cost is exorbitant, Beth said, even though the Fitches are both personal injury attorneys and own an Awatere Foothills home valued at a half-million dollars, Maricopa County property records show. But the Fitches haven't had to worry about the bill.

Arizona has paid the price.

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