You know what we don’t need in education? More tax dollars shifted to private schools!
But that’s what Senator Lee Schoenbeck is up to. With the co-sponsorship of fellow radical religiositers Stalzer, Steinhauer, Hansen, and Deutsch, the King of the Senate proposes Senate Bill 71 to increase the cap on the state’s stealth vouchers to private schools by 75%, from $2,000,000 to $3,500,000. The euphemistically named “Partners in Education” program robs South Dakota public schools of taxpayer support by refunding premium taxes to insurers who give out scholarships to K-12 private schools.
Senator Schoenbeck brings SB 71 while private school enrollment in South Dakota declines and public school enrollment increases. Evidently, Senator Schoenbeck and his theocratic Republican friends are trying to counter that trend by offering private schools additional subsidies. How very un-Republican, using state dollars to pick winners in the marketplace.