Radical Supreme Court Decision Opens Door for DeVos Voucher Schemes

Espinoza decision allowing taxpayer funding of private religious schools and vouchers draws ire of Missouri educators.

From the Missouri National Education Association
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Mark Jones
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June 30, 2020


JEFFERSON CITY - The 915,764 students in Missouri public schools will face a future with fewer resources and less support due to today’s Supreme Court decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. Public school educators affiliated with the Missouri National Education Association denounced the case from the beginning as a Betsy DeVos-supported effort to funnel billions of taxpayer dollars to elite private and religious schools. Ahead of oral arguments, NEA (the national affiliate of the Missouri NEA) filed an amicus brief arguing the court should throw out the case for its lack of legal merit.

Missouri National Education Association President Phil Murray issued the following statement:

“Betsy DeVos has made it her mission to expand voucher programs and weaken public schools. Today the court became a complicit partner in her radical agenda. It is shameful Secretary DeVos, and her band of education privatizers are cheering a decision that harms the 90% of children educated in our local public schools.

When neighborhood schools are grappling with protecting and providing for students — despite a pandemic and mounting budget shortfalls — the court has made things even worse. Vouchers fail our students, plain and simple, they take scare funding away from our neighborhood schools and give money to elite private and religious schools.

During the height of the COVID-19 crisis, educators in neighborhood schools stepped up for students. Educators deserve a Secretary of Education that is a champion for their work and dedication - instead, Secretary DeVos undermines our educators, students, and neighborhood schools by supporting these voucher schemes.

Elections have consequences. Espinoza and cases like it illustrates what is at stake in 2020 for students, parents, and educators. 2020 presents our best opportunity to remove Betsy Devos from her position and return our Department of Education to its core mission – supporting educators who work every day to inspire students.”

The 32,000-member Missouri NEA represents teachers, education support professionals, college faculty, retired teachers and students studying to be teachers in school districts and on college campuses throughout the state. It is the Missouri affiliate of the 3 million-member National Education Association.  


Posted Date: 6/30/2020
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