I was disappointed to learn recently that the Macon County School Board decided to join a lawsuit that would prevent working-class parents from participating in the Opportunity Scholarship Program (providing scholarship for their children to attend private school). I state that it is disappointing because, according to the state Department of Public Instruction, only 35.1 percent of kids from low-income families in Macon County schools are considered “proficient” in math and reading. This means just over one out of every three economically disadvantaged students met basic standards in their zoned public school.
Simply put, the vast majority of our children from low-income communities in Macon County are failing to learn the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Why then seek to halt a program, that hasn’t even started yet, to begin where the very existence of the Opportunity Scholarship Program is designed for the student that happens to be low-income?