Pennsylvania school-voucher bill passes Senate committee

A bill that would require taxpayers to subsidize the education of a public school student from a low-income family who wants to attend a different school passed a first test. Full Story
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Lancaster, PA

#1 Mar 1, 2011
Why is there no mention in this article that this program is for students in chronically under performing schools?

In the York City School District all but one of the schools are at the point where the district is required to allow parents to transfer their children to another school. The district has no school choice at the secondary level (middle or high school) because all of the schools at those levels are in corrective action status. Elementary students at Davis, Ferguson, Goode, Jackson and McKinley may transfer to Devers under school choice provisions as Devers is in Warning status only – not yet in School Improvement.

The voucher program would allow low income families to use the funds that the state contributes to their education to pay part of their tuition in another public school district or at a private school. Vouchers are a step toward helping parents who are willing to invest in their childs future. The voucher program still leaves a large gap between the funds that the state is providing and the per pupil cost of most public school districts and private school tuitions.

Vouchers would provide parents the opportunity to make personal financial sacrifices in order to remove their children from underperforming schools. Private school tuition or tuition at other school districts is presently beyond the reach of low income parents and the proposed voucher bill is in essence giving them a much needed step up.
future now

York, PA

#2 Mar 1, 2011
Nice clip of the university of Alabama. I think they average about 750 on the PSAT.



Yep bring the diversity to the burbs. Great Idea,
Honest Evaluation

York, PA

#3 Mar 1, 2011
Yea, lovely dissertation!!! The state will reimburse the school districts where they will be attending, with WHAT, your tax dollars? Vouchers will provide parent/s (plural, mostly singular) with the opportunity to send their children to OTHER public/private/charter schools. Thereby dragging those institutions into the gutter as well. Shipping an under-performing (so called) student to another setting will do absolutely no good if that (supposed student) does not WISH to learn. We were told decades/dollars ago, with school desegregation, that was the end all solution??? Then the "no child left behind", then the present "school nutrition programs". How did they turn out??? Something about "a horse to water, but..."! Give me a break! Not the schools that are broken (???) but the families that are broken (???)! Send any student with caring/supporting/nurturing parents into the halls of the city schools and those student will do well, regardless. We never hear about the above average/high performing students at York High; why is that? And there ALWAYS were and will be those type students. Dumpin' more money into the proverbial rat hole will do absolutely no good. Those same students will be in school approximately 7 hours per day, then dumped back into the hell hole for the remaining 17 hours. Yea, buy all of them a new home and/or cheap condo in the burbs...yep, that will also make a huge difference. Ever hear of my: "can't make chicken salad out of chicken #hit"? Just more monies spent on those who DO NOT give a damn; that would be children and/or parent/parents! But must say the 'diversity programs' are makin' great strides, correct???

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