It appears that Florida governor Rick Scott is in deep with special interests in his state…
Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) — buoyed by legislators who received hundreds of thousands of dollars of special interest cash — signed into law legislation that would dramatically expand access to school vouchers, which funnel taxpayer dollars into private schools. Scott is doing this despite proposing nearly $3 billion in cutsto public education, meaning that he is essentially transferring money from public education to private education.
On the same day that Scott signed into law his latest attack on public education, Gus Garcia-Roberts of the Miami New Times published a story looking at the case of InterAmerican Christian Academy, a private school located in Doral, Florida. Garcia-Roberts amazingly enrolled at the school and earned a diploma after only eight days of schoolwork and $399:
It began with a poster on a streetlight in downtown Miami: “High School Diploma. (305) 716-0909.” I dialed, and a chipper female voice answered, “Hello. High school.” Eight days and $399 in cash later, at the school’s Doral “campus” — a cramped third-floor office next door to US Lubricant LLC and across the hall from a hair extensions company — I was grinning widely, accepting a framed diploma and an official transcript sporting a 3.41 GPA.
- The Perils Of School Vouchers: Unregulated FL Private School Offers High School Diploma In 8 Days For $399 (politicore.wordpress.com)
- High School Diploma Replacement (noveltydiploma.typepad.com)
- This Week’s MOMochat: Why School Vouchers are HOT Again (Hint: It Has Nothing to Do with Budget Deficits) (momocrats.typepad.com)
- School Vouchers and the Death of Meritocracy (jonathanturley.org)
- The Numbers Game: Is College Worth The Cost? (freakonomics.com)
- Diploma Accreditation as a Homeschooling Choice (brighthub.com)