School voucher program may be allowed to expire
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#1 Mar 11, 2009
Well, in Illinois, our Public Education System is frought with waste from the top down. With the number of individual school districts, all the administrative duplications, the property taxation responsible to fund education and the wasteful state department of Education how can this be topped?
Make government more of a player? Promote the Chicago Public School Systems biggest failure to become the US Education Czar? throw good money after bad into more government controlled failures and eliminate one of the successful programs simply because it was introduced by Bush?
This Obama administration appears to be very capable to cut off their nose to spite their face.
#2 Mar 11, 2009
1,700 out of 6,000 applicants (and the more important fact of 1,700 out of the total number of students in those schools) is a clear demonstration of how this program is not a solution.
In Seattle where I live,$7,500 is just slightly over 1/3 of the cost of tuition at any of our non-public middle and high schools (with the exception of one or two that are subsidized by a specific church). The result is that a similar program here would only attract those who have the other $13,000 per kid per year to add to the voucher - again, a clear demonstration that this isn't a solution.
We need to get politically active to insist that our public education be made successful.
Throwing money at the problem with vouchers is not the solution.
#3 Mar 11, 2009
Why does no one ever tell the truth about vouchers and other devices which allow parents to choose the school for their child(ren)?
They don't work! NWGuy tells part of the story and he's right. But there's more. In those areas of the country where virtually all parents were able to basically choose to enroll their kids in "better performing" schools, the 'better performance' for that school went down!
When you level the playing field, you level the performance. It's as simple as that. The quality of the teaching depends on good teachers, of course. But the REAL difference is not in the teachers -- it's in the attitudes of the students themselves and their parents. Makes all the difference in the world.
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