BY THE GRACE OF OUR CREATOR
Alliance for Free Choice in Education
November 26, 2013
Israel Teitelbaum, Israel@SchoolChoiceNJ.org, 973-820-6121
RESTORING CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT IS NOW IN YOUR HANDS
The current political climate in the U.S. Congress makes it ripe for legislation that will transform our system of government – from one that functions much like a politburo to one that derives its power from the people. Every voter can participate in this transformation by leveraging their vote on behalf of the proposed D.C. Civil Rights Act for Equal Educational Opportunity. Education serves as the nursery of all society. Empowering parents to send their children to the school of their choice will also empower them to pursue happiness, without the Federal Government standing in the way.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, o.b.m., who served as mentor and advisor to tens of thousands, including world leaders, left us with key principles for resolving problems, major and minor. Among them: “When you are faced with difficulties, seek the advice of experts.” Great Americans have given us the advice needed to restore Constitutional Government.
When America was torn apart at the height of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln advised:
“ that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth..”
Although we are not in the midst of a military war, our nation is being torn apart by a political war that is allowing the Ruling Class to enrich themselves on the backs of the poor and downtrodden. 1966 Martin Luther King said, “Better to shed blood from a blow to the head… than to have children by the thousands grow up reading at a fifth-grade reading level.”
Keith Benson, vice-president, Camden County East NAACP, explained, “Today, too many urban public-school children are growing up reading at the same 5th-grade level Dr. King warned us about over 50 years ago. Dr. King’s talk of shedding blood was dramatization to illustrate the drastic measures that must be employed to stop, or prevent this nightmarish scenario from ever happening in our beloved nation.”
A majority in Congress passing healthcare legislation – with minimal knowledge of the system and the law they voted on - is a direct result of a broken educational system. The latest rage in many of our nation’s cities - the “knockout game” – is also a direct result of a top-down educational system bereft of a moral foundation.
In 2012 the Census Bureau confirmed a Cato Institute report showing D.C. Public Schools were spending an annual average of $29,409 to educate students in K-12. While educational outcomes for most of the children are substandard, those who have transferred to nonpublic schools with an $8,000 voucher are doing far better, and 91 percent are going on to college.
In 2011 Congress reauthorized and expanded the very successful OSP. However, based on its success it should have been expanded to cover all DC children, who deserve no less. Every day that children are being kept in substandard schools, contrary to the better judgment of their parents, is unjust, immoral, unconstitutional and beyond reprehensible. These children and families need to be rescued now, without delay.
The great thinker and teacher Milton Friedman proffered his sound advice back in 1955 and summarized his plan in his 2005 article; School Vouchers Turn 50 But the Fight is Just Beginning.
“An educational voucher of reasonable size, though less than the current government spending per student, that was available to all students regardless of income or race or religion and that did not prohibit add-ons or impose detailed regulations on start-up service providers would end up helping the poor more than a charity voucher — not instantly, but after a brief period as competition did its work. Just as the breakup of the Ma Bell monopoly led to a revolution in communications, a breakup of the school monopoly would lead to a revolution in schooling.”
The D.C. Civil Rights Act for Equal Educational Opportunity, which has yet to be sponsored, proposes to establish the value of the vouchers at one-half current costs, based on the fact that nonpublic schools are able to provide excellent education at half the cost of public education.
All 435 members in the House and 33 in the U.S. Senate are up for election in 2014. Some points to consider when writing and calling your Representatives are:
You can double, triple and quadruple your political power by encouraging those in your circle of influence to do the same, and encourage those not yet registered to vote to do so, and let their Reps know that they just signed up to vote because they believe the time has come to restore Constitutional Government.
Please keep us informed of developments with a cc or bcc to Israel@SchoolChoiceNJ.org, as this would be enormously helpful and appreciated. Phone calls would be helpful as well, at 973-820-6121.