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McKay scholarship program sparks a cottage industry of fraud and chaos

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'This article won a prestigious journalism award for exposing the disgraceful conditions in schools that receive McKay scholarships for special ed students in Fla. -- the voucher program that Betsy DeVos hailed as a national model. 'While the state played the role of the blind sugar daddy, here is what went on at So.Fla. Prep, 200 students were crammed into ever-changing school locations, including a dingy strip-mall space above a liquor store and down the hall from an Asian massage parlor. Eventually, fire marshals and sheriffs condemned the 'campus' as unfit for habitation, pushing the student body into transience in church foyers and public parks. Since the article's publication, Florida has done nothing to correct the abuse of children with disabilities in the McKay program.You see, children in public schools have rights. When they leave public schools, they abandon their rights.'

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