Like most supporters of school choice, I'm disappointed by yesterday's ruling by Judge Hobgood declaring the Opportunity Scholarship legislation unconstitutional. The ruling has given parents and schools one more headache and jeopardized the futures of many students.
If you're a parent or school choice supporter the deck certainly looks stacked.
The "technical glitches" of last week which prevented schools from receiving their first payments appear highly questionable.
I'm also not to thrilled to see all the courtroom rejoicing over a decision that effectively strips kids of an opportunity for a better education? But I guess NCAE officials had no problem containing their glee. I guess the children only matter if they attend public schools.
I'm told by attorneys in the know that an emergency appeal to expedite a ruling was drafted and sent to the AG at 10 this morning. As of now mid-afternoon, the AG's office was still reviewing it. It's now 5:15. So someone failed to expedite the process.
Why do I get the feeling that there seems to be too many people who don't really don't care if needy kids get a chance at getting a good education.
Still I'm optimistic. Hobgood's earlier decision was reversed by the State Supreme Court. And there are 2400 reasons why the court of appeals should expedite the case — if not today, then next week. Let's hope the judges feel the same way.