Parents vehemently defend Bright Futures Program | Letter to the Editor

Reply: Scratch-off: The poor subsidize the rich | Editorial

I totally disagree with the Sun Sentinel editorial that the Bright Futures scholarship goes from the poor to the rich, like an anti-Robin Hood.

Bright Futures is the only help middle- and upper-middle-class families have to pay for their children’s high college and housing costs. For those willing to apply, there are a number of income-based or need-based scholarships for which middle-class families do not qualify.

Our kids work just as hard to get their Bright Futures scholarships and deserve the opportunity to get help so they might not have to go into debt to attend public college.

I worked two jobs to help my two sons through college, but they are not eligible for any scholarships other than Bright Futures, which is based on changes in academics and income. Playing the lottery is voluntary. I think lottery proceeds should be used for the education of all children regardless of income.

The tax money we allocate to education should not be reduced by the lottery.

I remember the lottery was supposed to “enhance” education, not replace taxes for education. Maybe the Sun Sentinel should focus more on lawmakers constantly stealing unintended tax dollars than taking away the only revenue that middle-class families will ever receive aid.

Stephanie Osborne, David

Lottery-funded Bright Futures scholarships are unfair, according to the Sun Sentinel editorial, because a disproportionate number of people play the lottery compared to their wealthier parents, and according to the author, Bright Futures money goes disproportionately to wealthier child.

I disagree. Disproportionate outcomes do not equal injustice. Lottery tickets are not taxes. Those who play it choose to spend their money on their slim chances of winning.

This may illustrate a real problem with educational achievement, and the contrast between those who acquire so-called cultural capital and those who do not. Cultural capital represents the values ​​and practices that enable people to succeed in society, and has little to do with wealth. Maybe if those writers believe that the less well-off had changed some of the lottery tickets they bought into resources that might help their children succeed, the results might have been different.

Natreg, Coral Springs

Your editorial on “cheating the poor” is another sour grapes article about a system that should benefit all, not just the poor and minorities.

Two of my minority children (the third went to college out of state) have used Bright Futures to dramatically reduce in-state tuition, and everyone has the same opportunity to participate in the program, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Why doesn’t your editorial board focus on the good of these projects instead of complaining that it’s unfair rather than dismantling and creating division? Rich people are not the enemy. More than half of the population does not pay income tax. I give a lot because I work hard for myself. How is this fair? I’m not whining or complaining because I pay taxes and many others don’t.

David Lawrence, fort lauderdale

Simple population growth has resulted in more competitive admissions to Florida colleges with limited capacity. Plus, it forces county schools to keep kids in school at the expense of academic performance. The limited capacity of universities combined with dropout rates forces them to manage admissions more carefully. So use SAT scores. Social engineering is not the answer to poor academic performance.

Warren Gillis, Coral Springs