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1413, 12 Feb 18

Florida to Consider Vouchers for Victims of Bullying

This just seems like a bad idea.

A proposal being weighed in the Florida legislature would allow children who have been bullied to receive a state-funded voucher to attend private school.

The grants — called the “Hope Scholarships” — would allow children who say they have been bullied to be eligible for a voucher of $6,800 a year to go to private school, NBC News reported.

The scholarships would not be based on income.

Students whose parents tell administrators their children have been bullied or harassed would be eligible for the program.

The funding would come from car buyers who could volunteer $105 from their registration fee toward the program, according to NBC News.

First, the funding mechanism is all screwed up. There’s no way that it’s reliable or adjustable to demand.

Second, the requirements are wide open for fraud. Anyone can claim they were “bullied or harassed” and whose to say that they weren’t? In an age when we are defining an off color comment as “harassment,” virtually anyone could make a valid claim for the voucher.

I’ve been a big supporter of vouchers for a long time. But if it makes sense for the public to fund education for children irrespective of the delivery apparatus, then it makes sense. What doesn’t make sense if for the government to keep erecting weird hurdles that segregate the kids’ eligibility based on arbitrary factors.


1413, 12 February 2018


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    I feel bullied by Nord once in a while….where’s my check?

  2. Le Roi du Nord


    As usual, wanting public money for private schools.  No surprise.

  3. billphoto

    As a female lesbian trapped in a male body, I am bullied all the time so I can understand if one has suffered a traumatic microagression such as a person telling you that you are wrong.  Being abused in this manner, one should be able to identify as a bullied victim.  A voucher, however, does seem a tepic response.  I would think mandatory psychiatric counseling with an aggressive treatment regimen using both antipsychotic and anti depression drugs at a minimum would be in order.

  4. Kevin Scheunemann


    As opposed to wanting private money for public schools?

  5. Le Roi du Nord

    Like in the WI Constitution?

    BTW, all money is private.  As an elected public official you should know that.

  6. Jason

    And another whopper from Average Joe.  In the same topic, 1 day later..

    >February 12, 2018 at 4:25 pm:  As usual, wanting public money for private schools.  No surprise.


    >February 13, 2018 at 11:50 am:  BTW, all money is private.  As an elected public official you should know that

    Heading for cover yet?  Trolling so hard you can’t even keep your lies straight.

  7. Kevin Scheunemann


    If all money is private, then why this worry about where the money goes?

    Are you minding thy neighbor’s business again?

    Good one Jason.

  8. Le Roi du Nord

    Ok, folks, guess you can’t handle any nuance or subtlety.  All maney starts out as private.  The WI constitution requires that the state, via public school districts, provide for public education.  You guys/gals want that chain of funding interrupted for private schools.    I guess the old adage is true; never assume folks are as smart as they claim.  Thanks for proving that to be true.

  9. Jason

    That’s nice of you Average Joe, but they’re your words all I did was point out the idiocy of them.  Better luck next time.

  10. Paul

    Sort of like a baseball legend, eh?

  11. Kevin Scheunemann


    I got new for you: private education does educate the “public”.

    I guess you cannot handle nuance, or subtlety, either.

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