In the fall of 2011, a group of mechanical engineers, architects, ethnographers, communications designers and educators began designing a network of low cost private schools.
Despite being the top spender on education, the US trails other countries on international tests.
The Fourth Amendment says that a person can’t be subject to an unreasonable search and seizure by public officials. But the Supreme Court ruled, in some cases, it is okay to randomly drug test students.
The Educational Improvement Tax Credit is promoted as a way to provide a better education for poor children, but public education advocates say it actually takes away tax money that could be used to improve schools.
Expanding the program at a time when the state has slashed public school funding is infuriating public education advocates.
“BLOCS provides scholarships from your business taxes to students who not only want to attend a Catholic school but are most in need,” says one advertisement.
State senator Tony Williams defends the program as similar to the GI Bill, but some of his Harrisburg colleagues see it as improperly favoring closed groups.