Alliance for Free Choice in Education
Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Press Release – May 17, 2015
Contact: Israel Teitelbaum
ELECTION TO TRANSFORM GOVERMENT
The Alliance for Free Choice in Education is calling on voters of all political parties to utilize New Jersey’s 2015 election to transform government back to what is was meant to be - “of the people, by the people and for the people.” This requires an understanding of how government was transformed to become almost the opposite, with government workers earning almost twice that of private-sector employees.[i]
Unlike most government systems over the course of history, the Founders of the greatest immigrant nation in the history of mankind specifically designed our government so that its power be based with we the people. This required representative government and separation of powers, including elections to be held every two years, for the people to decide who best represents their interests.
Over the course of the 19th century this process was severely compromised, when government created and took control over a K-12 educational system and all that goes with it, including money and influence. Education is the most costly of all government services, even greater than national defense. New Jersey alone spends over $25 billion annually for education![ii] The “profit” this generates is enough to control most elections from behind a thick smoke screen. Additionally, the armies of employees serve as political thrust that can turn elections. Over recent years the educational system has also resorted to indoctrinating the children politically. Transforming government requires that control of education be transferred back to parents, where it rightfully belongs.
The common claim by educrats, that inner-city parents are at fault for defective education, has been disproven every time school vouchers have been offered. Thousands clamor for the DC Opportunity Scholarships, available to less than five percent of DC children.[iii] The voucher children also have a 91 percent high school graduation rate,[iv] compared to 56 percent for those in DC Public Schools.[v]
Parental choice can be available for every New Jersey K-12 student by electing representatives who stand for the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and are therefore committed to support the NJ Parental Rights and Property Tax Reduction Act (S1606/A1785).[vi] This bill empowers all New Jersey parents to send their children to the school of their choice by allocating the State portion of education funding – about one-third of all NJ education funds - to serve as school vouchers to pay for the education chosen by the parents. This will open up an array of education services, including nonpublic schools, on-line services and new innovations that can only come from force of competition. The substantial savings this will generate will reverse the trend of ever rising property taxes by cutting the cost of education almost in half. A study by economics professor Caroline Hoxby found that the cost of public education, between 1970 and 2010 increased by 327 percent, in real dollars, adjusted for inflation.[vii]
Every New Jersey voter can share in this effort to restore parental choice in education, along with government that truly serves the people, by electing those who support this legislation. There is of course strength in numbers. Joining with major groups in support of school choice will be enormously helpful in reaching the majority of New Jersey voters required to accomplish this. Leading family and taxpayer groups, such as the NJ Family Policy Council, NJ Taxpayer’s Association (NJTA) and Americans for Prosperity (AFP) are championing this effort, and many smaller groups are joining. AFP has just released a brief video on the enormous benefits of parental choice in education.[viii] NJTA, together with the Alliance, has released one informing voters of the need to get involved.[ix]
Both the Primary and General elections provide voters with the opportunity to influence their representatives, or replace them with those who stand for their ideals. A State Legislature that truly represents the people of New Jersey will devote all its efforts to improve government in countless ways, and usher in boundless blessings that true liberty will surely bring. #####
Israel Teitelbaum is cofounder of Alliance for Free Choice in Education. He can be reached at 973-820-6121 or SchoolChoiceUSA@gmail.com.
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Fellow New Jerseyans,
With the election of 2015 New Jersey can lead the way to transform our government from one that serves the ruling class to one that serves the people.
Step One: Do your representatives in Trenton stand for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?” Fortunately, in Legislative District 25, our State Senator and Assemblymen all do! Tony Bucco, Sr., Tony Bucco, Jr., and Michael Patrick Carroll are proud sponsors of the NJ Parental Rights and Property Tax Reduction Act (S1606/A1785). This is the first bill in the country to restore to all parents their right to direct the education of their children - their constitutionally guaranteed right to “the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
Instead of utilizing the state portion of NJ’s education funds to empower and enrich the ruling class, this bill requires these funds to be equitably distributed to every K-12 student in NJ, to pay for their education at the school chosen by the parents – public or nonpublic. The enormous saving this will yield is divided into two equal portions. One is allocated to property tax relief, and the other to grow the value of the school voucher.
Step Two: If your representatives are not yet sponsoring this bill, please rush to inform them of this most direct pathway to liberty, justice and equal educational opportunity for all (800-792-8630). Liberty is indivisible; you either have it or you don’t. When government compels children to suffer daily in defective schools, we have tyranny. Parental choice in education is an absolute prerequisite to restore constitutional government. By breaking through in 2015, New Jersey will serve as a model and trail blazer for all America to restore the Divine right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in 2016 all across the country!
Much success in restoring constitutional government in New Jersey and beyond.
All the best.