So Utah voted down vouchers. Hurrah! It was an ill-conceived law that could only ever do the opposite of its stated intent of helping lower income families improve their children’s education. The only way vouchers could or should work is if families with incomes above a certain amount are ineligible for the voucher. That way the program would clearly be about giving an opportunity to lower income families and not giving a tax credit to high income families who already send their kids to private school. Also, any voucher initiative must ensure that public schools actually get the tools to compete with private schools. There’s no point in saying “competition is good” and then giving money and resources to private schools and taking it away from public schools, thereby removing the public school’s ability to improve (be competitive). Luckily, 2/3 of Utahn’s saw through the voucher smoke and mirrors and shut them down. Could this be the start of a more responsive, more representative Utah legislature? Well, we can dream. It should be a good lesson to Utah law makers, though. There is a point at which the sheep will tell the shepherd Ba You!