Archive for February, 2014

Cry me a river

February 27, 2014 Comments off

From today’s News Journal:

Private school parents are protesting a proposal to eliminate a stipend they get to help pay for transporting their kids to school, saying they pay taxes and deserve at least something from the state’s education budget. […]

This year, families submitted 10,994 stipend requests, receiving $168.14 per stipend, according to figures from the Department of Education. That cost the state more than $1.8 million.

Parents quoted in the story say:

“I pay my taxes every year and do not get anything from the state other than receiving this check…”

“The public school system is benefiting from our tax money. So we ought to get at least a little something.”

And even the politicians:

“This is something I will fight to the end,” said Rep. Joseph Miro, R-Pike Creek Valley. “It’s like giving a little bit of a crumb to parents who are paying the same taxes. And now we’re taking even that away?”

News flash: Everybody gets something for their school taxes, whether your children are in private school or not, or even if you don’t have children at all. Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.

I swear, between the quasi-private charters and now this, pretty soon we will be hearing about a publicly funded “right to a private education.”