The Teacher’s Unions would answer- yes. Right now there are multiple court cases in which Teacher’s Unions are suing to block school voucher programs. In North Carolina where the school voucher program is overwhelmingly popular, the North Carolina Association of Educators is currently suing the State Education Assistance Authority in an attempt to stop their school voucher program. Apparently, Teacher’s Unions believe they have more authority than parents in the education of their own children.
The majority of politicians, including President Obama, on theleft have given into the power of the Teacher’s Unions. The President and majority leader of the Senate, Harry Reid, refuse to bring up school voucher legislation in Congress. Republicans continue to introduce school choice legislation, but no progress is made. Last month, Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina introduced a bill that would provide $11 billion in federal funding to low-income families for vouchers to attend a private school. Many of these low-income families are of color and live in dangerous inner cities, but it would seem that politics is once again coming before our children’s education. The chance of this legislation passing is a long shot.
But the status quo cannot last forever. America’s current education system is based on a top-down one-size-fits-all government approach, but it doesn’t have to stay this way. America’s children are blessed with a variety of gifts and skills. The government doesn’t know your child like you do. Parents, not government, understand the strengths and weaknesses of their children and how best they learn and grow. School choice is a fair and simple way to begin allowing the parent to make the decision of how best to educate their child. After all, God has given parents the primary responsibility of educating their children.