If tuition costs for private religious schools are less costly than public schools, and parents prefer to send their children to private religious schools, why don’t Illinois legislators approve school choice or school vouchers in Illinois?
In two previous posts titled: Religion Rights Math Conundrum? – School Choice ‘Rights ‘Math? I questioned the math on the Governor Pritzker proposed 2021 budget by eliminating the incentive for private wealthy citizens to donate fund to private religious schools and obtain a State income tax credit, the change might potentially result in adding $260, 000, 000 to the Illinois budget instead of decreeing.
The Purpose of This Post
Is to relate and ancient proverb to the issue to question why?
Wisdom calls out in the street, she lifts her voice in the square; 21in the main concourse she cries aloud, at the city gates she makes her speech: 22“How long, O simple ones, will you love your simple ways? How long will scoffers delight in their scorn and fools hate knowledge? (Proverb 1:20-22)
A foolish woman (Lady Folly) is clamorous; She is simple, and knows nothing. (Proverb 9:12 NIV)
What’s My Point?
In ancient times, King Solomon personified two women to relate his wisdom verses with the titles of Lady Wisdom, and Lady Folly.
In two previous posts I questioned the wisdom of Illinois Governor Pritzker’s 2021 budget proposal that will reduce contributions to help subsidize children whose parents cannot afford to send their children to private religious schools.
My point being it will cost the State less rather than more taxpayer money, and parents prefer to choose what they want their religious values to be taught to their children, and it is legal now to do so because of the Supreme Court ruling in 2020.
In other words, why wouldn’t the legislators pass the same bills as other States to begin to allow school choice of school vouchers for middle class and poverty children whose parents cannot afford private school tuitions?
The above proverb to me describes this issue to be quite simple issue for Illinois Legislators.
What taxpayer would object or become “clamorous “to prevent any child from obtaining better school grades in a private religious school, obtain religious morals to be better citizens, that their parents prefer to choose, and at less cost to taxpayers”
In My Opinion
The pandemic has highlighted the question why it was possible for private religious schools to remain open since the fall, and public schools could not.
Because of Governor Pritzker’s 2021 budget proposal could add 20,000 students from private religious schools to be forced to transfer to public schools because their parents and not afford to pay two tuitions, on for public schools and one for private schools, might result in Illinois to pay $260, 000,000 more, makes the decision to cut the tax incentive to be a Lady Folly proposal in my opinion.
Frankly, in my opinion, the poverty areas of major cities with high crime rates, shootings, and drug additions might lessen in the future if the children were taught religious values.
For example, if a major study of convicted criminals were asked if they attended a public or a private religious school, and the Las Vegas gambling boards took odds on the results of the study, I believe Las Vegas odds will be so low that they would not even accept the bets on the outcome of what the study will reveal.
The outcome over time would also delight the proponents who want to reduce the police budget because, why would taxpayers have to fund an army of police officers in a low crime area?
Granted, teaching children moral religious values is no guarantee when the child will never become a criminal. However, if the goal is to reduce crime, police and taxes, why not?
Read the two previous posts that focus on the math folly in the links below along with a link to the issue of School Vouchers and Chicago Violence.
Should we start petitioning our legislators to support school choice or school vouchers in Illinois?
Should the candidates we vote for be personified as either a Lady Wisdom, who will support instead of a Lady Folly who will oppose supporting school choice or school vouchers in Illinois?
Why Not personify our legislators we vote for based on their wisdom or folly instead of their campaign slogans and empty suit promises they make when they campaign that never materialize and wind up raising our taxes after they are elected?
Regards and goodwill blogging.
Religion Rights Math Conundrum?
School Choice ‘Rights ‘Math?