The reason teacher unions have a target on their back is BECAUSE they defend public education. The wealthiest taxpayers (including some politicians) want government to help them pay for their children's expensive private school tuition. Voucher supporters can't sell that program to middle class union members and voters, so voucher supporters claim vouchers are for failing students from poor families trapped in failing schools. The facts get in the way of that argument. The vouchers are not limited to failing students OR poor families. Families with incomes over $80,000 would qualify for vouchers. Hmmmmmmmm.
Ninety percent of Catholic students attend PUBLIC schools, yet some policymakers would CUT public school funding and students to benefit the 10% of Catholic students enrolled in our parochial schools. Are we so desperate that we have to rob one set of children for another?
I don't want the government telling my church that our students cannot have enrollment preference over outsiders. I don't want the government telling my church that we can't give preferential treatment in hiring to members of our own church and faith. It's very reasonable that taxpayers want transparency and accountability IF they are funding our church schools. But I LIKE our independence from government rules and regs. I don't want our church schools to be forced to enroll any and all students. I'd rather the government keep its money and LEAVE US ALONE.