People think the government cares for them. Yet time and time again the small people are shown the door while the government expands.
I want to tell you a story about a small Christian school in Florida that is being shut down by government bureaucracy. I can’t use their name because quite honestly the state will probably retaliate to the truth being shined on their heartless inefficiency if I use names. I know the principal of this school as a personal friend and I will gladly talk to anyone who has questions about this. Just send me an email.
This school serves students with learning disabilities that have fallen through the cracks of the public school system. Kids are taken off of the streets and put in college. The school’s graduation rate is amazing, given that Florida’s public school bureaucracy has already turned a blind eye to these students because of some learning challenges.
Here’s the problem. 98% of the school’s students are funded by a state scholarship program. For all the state does wrong, it does pay for these students to enter the school, where they are educated in a smaller classroom and given the attention they need.
The school, however, recently found out that a decision made by the parent of a former student, which the school administration was not informed of, resulted in the school being fined and the state holding this year’s funding until the school can pay over the fees. So, basically, the state owes this Christian school a six figure total for the upcoming school year to help educate these kids that our inefficient school system has kicked out. But because of an enrollment mistake by a former parent, the state is withholding that money until the school pays a five figure sum. The school doesn’t have the money because the state hasn’t released the funding, so the school will shut down if it can’t pay the fees by the middle of this month.
Meanwhile, guess who loses in all this? Not the state. No, the public school system carries and the folks who work in this scholarship program get to keep their jobs. The school staff, however, all go on the unemployment roles. The principal who has given his life to help these needy kids probably has to move out of state. And the kids themselves, including some seniors who have worked their hearts out to graduate, see the dream of a college education fade.
All because the state used a legal loophole to back out its commitment to this Christian school.
Call to Action!
Here’s the deal. I’m trying to help this school out. Because the money is guaranteed by the state if they pay off the fees, any money they borrow to satisfy the state’s requirements will be paid back by September 15th. I know that this is a long-shot, because who believes anything they read on blogs anyway, but I’d love to at least talk to folks who might be willing to help loan some money for a month.
If you want to help, or may know anyone who would like to help save this school from our state bureaucracy, or if you just want more information to verify this story, please send me an email and include your phone number in it and I can give you more information. My email address is [email protected].
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