Students are screwed. Republicans are undermining public education in America. All around the country – Republican governors are pillaging their state’s education budgets – syphoning off hundreds of millions of dollars from public education and moving that money into voucher programs. These voucher programs even give corporations dollar-for-dollar tax breaks to give families a voucher to send their student to a charter school or a private religious school.
So the government – through corporate middlemen – is funding religious schools. In Wisconsin – Governor Scott Walker is slashing $900 million out of his education budget and adding $750 million to a school voucher program. Likewise – in New Jersey – Governor Chris Christie cut $820 million out of his education budget last year – then created an $825 million school voucher program this year. Since Reagan – Republicans have been trying to kneecap public education in America – just so corporate CEOs and churches can turn education into a big business.
Thomas Jefferson devoted his life to free, public education available to everyone in America rich or poor. But today – Republicans are turning their back on our most influential founding father.