The below letter was sent to opinion page editor Andrea Jackson and the letters submission address the AJC last week (Jan 11). I have been cancelled for about two years.
Re: “Students need more schooling choices” Buzz Brockway, Jan 10, 2023
“School choice” talk should include immigration reality
In his recent guest column, lobbyist and former Gwinnett Republican state Rep Buzz Brockway offered a renewed argument for K-12 “school choice” in Georgia that warrants further consideration. The premise is that students are behind because of Covid so we need legislation to allow “…parents and guardians to access funds directly…” so they can use state money to pay for private school tuition and other benefits, including private tutoring.
Missing here is recognition of the raging illegal immigration crisis in the nation and in Georgia. Somewhere north of 260,000 unaccompanied migrant children/minors have been encountered at the southern border since President Biden took office, per U.S. Customs & Border Protection agency data. The Center for Immigration Studies in Washington estimates about 80% of the minors are placed with family members who are already living here illegally – including in Georgia.
School choice is a solid idea. Encouraging and rewarding illegal immigration into Georgia with offers of a taxpayer-financed private K-12 school education isn’t. The former should not include the latter.
PRESIDENT, THE DUSTIN INMAN SOCIETY