There were so many questions that time ran out before the Committee even got to vote on the bill.
So, the last remaining voucher bill is now stalled in Gov. Op. Committee with insiders predicting it will be killed in Finance. And this bill needs killing in the worst way. Yesterday's hearing brought out some really big problems.
Here are just a few of the problems discussed in Committee:
- Shelby County Taxpayers will Fund the State's Voucher Pilot
- The 5 Year Voucher Pilot Financially Obligates Shelby County for 17 years
- No Financial Oversight Provided for the Voucher Program
That means that private schools accepting public dollars for vouchers:
****WILL NOT be required to follow the Tennessee Internal School Uniform Accounting Policy
****WILL NOT be financially overseen by the State Comptroller's Office
****WILL NOT be mandated to provide an annual school audit to the public
- Catholics Say "NO" to secular education and TNReady Testing
She seemed perturbed at the thought of segregating the "free & reduced lunch" kids for TNReady testing while other Jubilee students only took the nationally normed test currently administered to Catholic School students. You can read more about vouchers and the Memphis Catholic Jubilee Schools here and here.
And for those Gov. Op. Committee members asking about which private schools in Memphis would and would not take vouchers, she clarified that Christian Brothers High School in Memphis has gone on record saying that they would not accept vouchers. Big Surprise that CBHS won't touch vouchers with a 10 foot pole!!!
We bet other high achieving private schools won't accept them either which brings us back to the question:
What exactly is the point of vouchers?
IT CERTAINLY ISN'T CHOICE FOR STUDENTS...
In case you haven't noticed, it's the schools who do all the choosing!
IT CERTAINLY ISN'T BETTER EDUCATION...
In case you haven't noticed, SCS iZone is number 1 in student success!
Oh yeah—IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!!!
********DIRT ALERT UPDATE********
At the time, Murphy served as a lobbyist for Tennessee Catholic Public Policy Commission; Tennessee Disability Coalition; and Tennessee Profession Fire Fighters Association. She got into trouble for taking a thank-you payment from the Tennessee Disability Coalition after successfully lobbying for a 2002 law that would provide revenue to the Coalition from marriage license fees.
Yep—everyone who has gotten married in Tennessee since 2002 has paid $20.50 in fees to the benefit of the Tennessee Disability Coalition. And Ms. Murphy took a 10% commission until she got caught. We are not going to draw any conclusions about how much she will make off the $59+M that could benefit Catholic Schools from the new voucher law. But you can….