There’s a popular meme floating about, the one that compares public parks with public schools. Preferring to take $7,500 and make your own decisions when educating your children is akin to paying for a private club instead of using public parks.
It’s a clever tactic, but the wrong comparison. Think instead of ethanol mandates – the federal government mandates that we use a certain amount of ethanol. It’s not the best, neither cheapest nor cleanest, renewable energy. So, why the mandate?
Because, they grow a lot of corn in Iowa and other midwestern states. The policy impedes the development of cheap, alternative fuels but persists because there is now a lobby for it.
Just so with respect to education. The state’s interest is in having educated citizens. It should remain neutral regarding where, how, and by whom.
This is a good test for the Republican caucus, to see who truly believes in limited government and who is just a partisan. Work out the details. Dropping home-schoolers was a mistake. Stop picking winners and losers.