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Florida Pastors Criticize NAACP for Opposing School Choice

classroomLiberals — pro-choice when the issue is killing unborn babies but anti-choice when it comes to educational freedom in government schools. Some of the same liberals who would support a teenager killing her unborn baby without her parents knowing would oppose her desire to attend a better government school.

Freedom, Star Parker says, is the best way to help students from low-income families. She calls educational freedom today’s civil rights issue. The NAACP opposes school choice to the detriment of low-income families who want more for their children. Although Republicans support educational freedom and push programs like the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, these families continue to put liberals in office.

Black pastors in Florida are openly criticizing the NAACP for trying to crush school choice. An excerpt from redefinED:

At issue is the lawsuit filed last August by the Florida teachers union, Florida School Boards Association, the Florida branch of the NAACP and other groups. It argues the state’s tax credit scholarship program for low-income students is akin to the state’s first K-12 voucher program, which the Florida Supreme Court declared unconstitutional in 2006. Both sides are awaiting a ruling from Leon County Circuit Judge George Reynolds on whether the plaintiffs have standing to continue.

The scholarship program is administered by non-profits such as Step Up For Students, which co-hosts this blog and employs the author of this post. This year, the program serves 70,000 students statewide, including more than 20,000 black students.

“Let these men and women rise who have the truest interest of these kids at heart, who understand those kids and who have the skill set to bring to those children what is necessary to elevate,” Rev. Alfred Johnson said. “Now the question is, are we going to back up programs like Step Up? Or do we sit back and allow a bureaucracy or certain elements of the NAACP or the teachers union, are we going to allow them to rob us of this amazing opportunity? To rob our children of this amazing choice opportunity?”

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  1. In a nutshell, what are the pro’s and con’s of choice. At 70 I have outgrown my kids so this question is for education only.