Here’s why we don’t count on private sector charity to provide vital public services:
Students whose families pinned private school hopes on a new state-subsidized scholarship fund missed the first week of school while waiting for answers.
Sioux Falls Catholic Schools admissions coordinator Jenni Struck said when classes started Monday, some kids who had applied for the scholarships didn’t show up. Others whose families could afford the first tuition payment started classes in the hopes that financial aid would follow.
“They’re kind of in a holding pattern,” Struck said.
It’s unclear how many families have been left in financial limbo because of the undelivered scholarships. A nonprofit created by the state to run the private school scholarship program started accepting applications the first week of August before it had secured funding for the awards [Megan Raposa, “Students Miss School Waiting for Scholarship Answers,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2016.08.27].
Hey, kids! Don’t hang your education on Phyllis Heineman’s unreliable stealth vouchers. Just wait another week—the Sioux Falls public schools will have seats for all of you when they open after Labor Day, no check required.