In reading the linked newsletter, I have to wonder how the lack ofÂ "uniformity" among segments of public schooling, and the ideas in articles such as the one Susan Ohanian wrote about theÂ "standaristos,", can be used to explain homeschooling to non-homeschoolers.
I’m still working on it.
From the Education Gadfly at Fordham University:
- Volume 6, Number 2, 12 January 2006, scroll down to: Florida vouchers: What comes next?
Second, and perhaps more worrisome, is the majority’s interpretation of the word "uniform." If uniform education meansâ€”as the Court seems to believeâ€”identical education, or education subject to identical regulations, then it is not only Opportunity Scholarships that run afoul of the state constitution. Charter schools, other voucher programs, Bright Futures Scholarships (a higher education program), and even district-operated magnet schools do not meet that standard. What about gifted and talented programs? Special education?
Nor does the Court’s decision affect only Florida. Public Impact tells Gadfly that fourteen other state constitutions have similar "uniformity" clauses. Some of these jurisdictions have few school choice programs; others, such as Arizona, have many. (Wisconsin’s Supreme Court has already addressed the issue and wisely ruled that Milwaukee’s voucher program does not violate the state uniformity clause.)