It wouldn't be a Missouri legislative session if Sen. Ed Emery, R-Lamar, not pushing anti-public school legislation.
Once again this year, Emery is sponsoring a bill that would provide scholarship accounts that parents could use to send their children to private schools or private religious schools.
Emery uses the old argument that parents should have a choice in where they send their children for their education. Parents do have the choice, but Emery says taxpayers should pay for it by taking money from public schools.
In his weekly podcast, Emery notes, "I'm going to have to come down on the side of the students every time," saying it is more important to build strong people than to build strong educational institutions.
Emery's simplistic solution may have worked when it came to cell phone companies, but trying to apply that logic to vital public institutions like schools, police departments and fire departments does not work. All it does is weaken the institutions whose mission is to provide services for the entire public.