The legislature was busy passing a number of bills affecting public education this year, but none gained more attention and should cause more consternation among believers in our Constitution than the expansion of the voucher program in the state. If left as is and not challenged by the courts, the state will use taxpayer dollars to fund vouchers for private or charter school tuition outside of the public school system. Needless to say, those funds will be siphoned from the already cash-strapped public school system. Many of those private schools who are expected to benefit are Christian religious schools which will be getting state support in contradiction to the fundamental precept of separation of church and state. Join Steve and Lew and Lisa Yurkin, Florida League of Women Voters Statewide Education Chair to delve into the real consequences of this bill sold as an effort to improve education in the state for those that need it most.
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