Experts Weigh in on Vouchers, Teacher Unions, Failing Schools

Published June 1, 2008

“Ballot initiatives are notoriously tough to pass because it’s harder to convince people to enact something new than keep the status quo. As a result, even if it survives constitutional scrutiny over its clarity, the proposal shackling school choice to a 65 percent spending requirement is still probably doomed. It’s hard enough to pass a ballot with one new proposal. Giving voters two new things to deal with is close to suicide.

“If Florida’s school choice proposal goes down, at least 65 percent of the fault could very well lie not with choice but with its partner on the ballot.”

Neal McCluskey, associate director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute

“Teachers unions have done more to damage American public schools than any other group or individual. Choice in education will empower parents with greater control of the education that is best for their child.”

Richard Moss, Utah State Board of Education

“Florida schoolchildren must not be left to founder in schools that can’t or won’t improve–no matter how many more pennies we promise to give them tomorrow. Let every education dollar follow students to better schools today.”

Vicki E. Murray, senior policy fellow in education studies, Pacific Research Institute