Monday, March 4, 2013

Public School "Only" Advocates Don't Even Want Choice For Children With Disabilities

Senate Education Committee Hearings Send Some Bloggers Into Hysterics

Tomorrow's Senate Education Committee hearing on SB 115 seems to have the "Public School Only" crowd quite wound up.  The bill, sponsored by State Senator Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) would allow children with disabilities a scholarship to attend schools that best meet their special needs.  According to the online summary, a qualifying school "is defined as a nongovernmental community-based educational establishment that exists for the educational needs of elementary and secondary students with disabilities."

Sounds pretty fair:  If the local public school cannot meet the child's needs, the child goes to a school that can.  Sadly enough, liberal-progressives are howling:
That scheme could drain millions of dollars from public schools that educate the vast majority of students with disabilities.
What about the child whose needs are not met?  Clearly this statement is just another example of how these folks care more about money and 'saving our schools,' rather than providing appropriate education for our children.  

Incidentally, the author of this post about how terrible it would be to send disabled children to appropriate schools, also rants about how proposed sex education laws would "end sex education in much of the state."  His hysteria is apparently over SB 521, which prohibits schools from using abortion affiliated groups to teach sex education (probably due to the obvious conflict of interest.)  The bill also calls for "opt-in" rather than "opt-out" measures, meaning parents would decide whether to allow their own children to participate in sex ed programs.  SB 521 has bipartisan support and is authored by Republicans Ken Paxton and Donna Campbell, as well as Democrat Eddie Lucio.

Our anti-SB521 writer must have been quite upset, as he posted a rather inexplicable sentence:
SB 521 is a completely unnecessary expansion of state authority over local school districts. First, the only think sex education has to do with abortion is making it less likely a teen will get pregnant seek one.
I've made plenty of mistakes myself on a hurried post, but Dude, calm down;  you have plenty of time to write a coherent sentence.  

What this fellow wants us to believe is that if abortion providers don't teach sex education that sex ed will cease to exist.  The truth is that there are plenty of sex education sources that have no affiliation with the profitable abortion business.