Published DateTo the editor,
I would like to respectfully ask Sen. Hosmer where he sends his children to school. If not the public school system why? Next I would like to ask, what constituency he is representing? It is in the state's interest to produce upstanding young people and solid citizens? If he is choosing private schooling to accomplish this for his children, I think that that is confirmation that he understands that that is the best option for accomplishing this, for we best take care of things that are our own. In his supporting HB-370 a bill that would repeal the education tax credit program, he cites what he says is a constitutional problem with the education tax credit program. This seems to be but a foil to me, with the intent to confuse the reader as to what is the real issue. As I understand it, money in this program is donated by local corporations to the family of the student so they can send there child to the school of their choice. The corporation then gets a tax credit. Even if the family chooses a "religious" school; its a stretch to call this state-funded religious education.
More aptly put, the public school system is losing some money because they are not getting the job done. But if Sen. Hosmer can get you to think that there is a constitution conflict, he is off the hook for the obvious hypocrisy between his personal choices and his vote against the public good. For unless you can afford to send your children to a private school or perhaps home school, he wants you to have but one option, a school system to which he will not send his own children. If he believes in the public school system then why won't he send his children there?
Neither is more money for the public school system the answer to our states educational woes. Let them compete. The better schools will get the the more students. When the problem is the educational system's philosophy and they can't compete, the answer is simple; eliminate or minimize the competition. Again respectfully, whose interest is Sen. Hosmer serving?