Politics Michigan's governor should follow Pennsylvania's on school choice expansions
How a Pennsylvania state senator helped fuel Trump's election lies
Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano went out of his way to help advance former President Donald Trump's election lies: He spearheaded a "hearing" at a hotel in Gettysburg a few weeks after the 2020 election, where Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani made false claims about election fraud. He chartered buses to ferry his supporters to Washington on January 6. And he was briefly in charge of the Pennsylvania state Senate's partisan "audit" ofNow Mastriano's role behind the scenes helping Trump try to overturn his loss to Joe Biden is under renewed scrutiny after a Democrat-led Senate Judiciary report released last week revealed his correspondence with the Justice Department spreading debunked claims of frau
Anthony Samuels. In his own words, "I'm probably the only male in my family that doesn't have a record." Not only does Samuels not have a criminal record, but he's also a college graduate and a successful business owner.
Samuels is undeniably talented and resourceful, but too often in North Philadelphia that's not enough. He attributes his success to the quality education he received aton a tax credit scholarship. But his story could have been very different. Samuels was zoned to attend Strawberry Mansion High School, a school so bad that ABC News's Diane Sawyer ran on it. Thanks to Pennsylvania's scholarship program, Samuels broke the cycles of crime and poverty.
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School choice programs in Pennsylvania have given thousands of kids access to a transformative education. And these opportunities are expanding. Since Gov. Tom Wolf took office in 2014, tax credit scholarships have grown by $130 million, nearly doubling the programs. Most recently, Wolf signed a, which could provide scholarships for 13,000 kids. In fact, - a scholarship organization serving low-income families - recently announced they will offer scholarships to 500 additional kids next year.
In the year of education choice, Pennsylvania has the largest school choice increase signed by a Democratic governor. Wolf must be a true school choice champion, right?
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Sadly, the opposite is true. Wolf has called tax credit scholarships "a distraction from what we ought to be doing - educating every child in the public school system ... raid on the taxpayer." He withheld scholarship letters, jeopardizing scholarships for 8,000 kids, and hethat would have ended the tax credit scholarship wait list.
Wolf vehemently opposes parental choice regarding schools. The Pennsylvania State Education Association has donated millions of dollars to Wolf's political campaigns. Yet the largest education choice expansions in the state's history have occurred during his tenure. How?
Stalwarts in the state's General Assembly - notably former Speaker of the House Mike Turzai and current Chair of the Senate Education Committee Scott Martin - forced the issue. Year in and year out, these champions insisted that an educational win for parents and children must be included in the negotiated budget.
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On the other side of Lake Erie, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is operating from the same basic playbook as Wolf, but may be missing a big chance to redeem herself. This year alone, Whitmer hasto fund students rather than systems with federal COVID-19 relief money. Now she says a major proposal backed by the Michigan legislature to offer thousands of public and private school students tax credit-funded Student Opportunity Scholarships is " ." Whitmer still has time to reconsider.
Like Wolf, Michigan's governor is supported by the teachers union and has a broader track record of opposition to educational choice. In 2019, she tried to selectively deny a funding increase to some students whose parents opted to enroll them in charter public schools. A pushback from those families, many of them lower-income or minority families, helped Whitmer to reconsider this misstep. Families of children with added learning challenges also have recognized the need for more education options to help their children thrive academically.
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Two standout, multi-sport athletes, a history-making coach and an inspiring comeback snagged awards at the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards show.Payton Verhulst, of Bishop Miege High School in Kansas, was announced as the nation’s overall Female Athlete of the Year. Ga’Quincy “Koolaid” McKinstry, of Pinson Valley High School in Alabama was named the nation’s overall Male Athlete of the Year. Pamela McDonald, the first woman to coach a boys soccer team to a Florida High School Athletic Association state title, was announced as the nation’s Coach of the Year and the Brentwood High School volleyball team, whose coach suffered a stroke this season, was named Team of the Year.
The COVID-19 experience has grown the ranks of frustrated families clamoring for more choices in education. We're just beginning to learn the shocking effects of. The most vulnerable kids - who already were behind before COVID-19 - have lost up to six months of learning. Such realizations fuel growing support nationwide for school choice. A this summer showed 74 percent in favor - up 10 percentage points since 2020.
Michigan's Student Opportunity Scholarship plan, which awaits a final vote of legislative approval, would encourage more donations to help fund families seeking to meet their children's educational needs. Most students would qualify for a share of $500 million in family-directed accounts to pay for educational expenses of their choosing.
If Wolf, who has demonstrated allegiance to teacher unions, can sign massive school choice expansions in Pennsylvania, other governors including Whitmer should as well. Kids need it. Parents want it. It's simply the right thing to do.
Ben DeGrow is director of education policy for thein Midland, Mich. Follow him on Twitter .
Marc LeBlond is a senior policy analyst for the, Pennsylvania's free-market think tank. Follow him on Twitter .
Michigan State's Dream Start Continues as It Gets Best of Michigan in Rivalry Classic .
Michigan had no answer for Kenneth Walker III in what was the game of the college football season. View the original article to see embedded media.EAST LANSING, Mich. — The best college football game of the 2021 season featured the best offensive football player in the nation and perhaps the best defensive player, and it was won by the man doing the best coaching job in the nation. Michigan State 37, Michigan 33 was vast and contained multitudes. “Epic game,” winning coach Mel Tucker said afterward, in a slightly hoarse voice. “That was a classic. I mean, that was a big-time game.