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Parents force ‘voiceless’ children into private school

In case you’re wondering what elite educrats really think about your right to choose private school education for your children, this article about New York state’s effort to force public school curriculum on private schools says it all.

Proposed new rules, according to a lawyer for the New York State Education Department, were imposed for the “voiceless child who can be conscripted at their parents will” to attend a private school.

Conscripted?

Webster’s Dictionary defines the verb conscript as enrolling into service by compulsion or drafting. In the New York educrat mind, parents enrolling their children in private schools is like sending them off to war against their will.

This isn’t the first time NYSED has tried to force its agenda on private schools.

As the article explains, the arguments against government intrusion in private education in 1940 still apply today. Above all, “Parents have the liberty, guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment, to direct the upbringing and education of their children, and the State may not interfere therewith.” And the “conducting of a private school is a property right and the State may not enforce an educational statute in such manner as to deprive such school of its patronage or destroy its business.”

The war between the administrative state and parental school choice has been playing out nationwide for more than 30 years. The Badger State is no exception.

Gov. Tony Evers moved to freeze expansion of private voucher schools and independent charter schools in his first budget proposal. The Republican-led Legislature stopped the Democrat, who served for a decade as the state’s education superintendent.

Cheered on by anti-school choice groups, it’s likely the Evers administration will do whatever it can to interfere with the liberty of parents to “direct the upbringing and education of their children.” 

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