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Jeff

Reading, PA

#1 Apr 12, 2011
Just like the high priced auto unions Teachers and Administrators are next if they do not want pay cuts and freezes no money left! People can not continue to fund schools through taxes if this continues all people will be forced out of their homes and then almost all children going to School will be homeless! School districts have alot of this too blame on themselves all these high priced schools and athletic fields they built! There is NO reason for all of this.Sure we need to have modern facilities for our children to learn in but when is it enough?Education is a two way street parents and teachers need to work together alot better than what they do nobody wants to take responsibility any more everything needs to be POLITICALLY correct nobody wants to or dares to speak the truth anymore.School boards and Administrators must come down off their pedestals and stop thinking they are way above and better than us mortals. I have never in my life met more snottier people than school administrators.And by the way any of you out there want to correct my spelling or punctuation that just goes to show how low you are and exactly what i am talking about. We also need to get rid of welfare believe it or not that's also a huge part of the problem making to many babies just to get welfare and not paying taxes!
Lou

Bethlehem, PA

#2 Apr 12, 2011
My kids do not go to public school but I have to say that school choice has some problems in that the "popular" school of the year will need more room..so $ will be needed to build on. Then the next few years once that school is crowded and going downhill, another school will be the newest favorite among parents with kids on the "fast track to success". Then that school will need an addition built. What is to prevent a lot of $ being used to keep up with the eb and flow of the popular school choice. Also...who is going to pay for the out of district busing??? As long as parents are willing to pay for or provide the transportation and there is not an extra burden on the taxpayer due to building costs to keep up with the newest trend...then ok for vouchers. Personally, I think that school tax should not be from property value but from tax on luxuries and all the "wants". A home is a need and nobody should be penalized for saving and buying a home.
Also like Jeff I agree that welfare is a joke. Give a person 6 months after loss of a job.

Since: Apr 11

Phoenix, AZ

#3 Apr 12, 2011
I believe that school vouchers may be the way to go in the future. The current bureaucratic system is failing our kids. A voucher system will allow competition to enter the marketplace and improve the quality of education. I have documented this via my website at http://www.upxsuccess.com
doe

Allentown, PA

#4 Apr 12, 2011
Since I pay almost $4,000 in school taxes and have no children in school, I would be happy to have my taxes contributed to the voucher system. My children went to private, religious schools, for which I paid and benefited not at all from my school taxes. Every child is entitled to the best education available and school districts should be required to pay for whatever the parent decides is best.
hmmmmmm

Reading, PA

#5 Apr 12, 2011
Just another punt by the state legislature. They WON'T accept their responsibility to provide educational funding (see state statutes regarding school funding) All the voucher system will do is drive inner city schools further behind and create major problems in the perceived "better" suburban schools when the already overcrowded local school starts to seek the added funding of a new comer.
Happyman

Laceyville, PA

#6 Apr 12, 2011
It's my money and if I had kids, why shouldn't I be able to send them to a different school? So what if it's religious? It's still my money.
Russ

Northampton, PA

#7 Apr 12, 2011
It is not just the parent's money...it costs about $14,000 per kid per year for a public education. The average PA property tax is only about $1,200. That means the majority of the cost burden does not fall on the parents but on the 10 other people around them. Why on earth would I want to give MY tax dollars to some random parents and HOPE they make a good educational decision. I don't know about the rest of you, but I wouldn't trust a lot of these parents to comb their kids hair, let alone make appropriate decisions with MY property tax money. I say continue giving public funds to public schools. It's the safest bet.
Jay

Kempton, PA

#8 Apr 13, 2011
If you google PA SB 1 you will find out it discriminates against disabled children and kids with learning disorders..That part may be illegal. They are not allowed to participate in the voucher program... I personally feel if YOU want to send YOUR kid to a private school YOU should pay for it,not ME...
Bull SXXX

Greensboro, NC

#9 Apr 13, 2011
Why do so many people blame the teachers for the education problem. The parents or parent is just as responsible for the childs education at home.
The structure of the todays household is being destroyed by the lack of support of parents. Our
schools have been destroyed by the a language barrier that the American society need to speak.
Click on the link for more information to stop the destruction of America! http://www.ehow.com/how_5225665_speak-english...
ASD economics

Bangor, PA

#10 Apr 13, 2011
Brookings - Evidence also suggests that there will be substantial variation in the impact of choice systems on parental behavior, student outcomes, and competition among schools depending on the design of the choice systems and the education options that are available. Poorly designed systems may create greater stratification of schools, reduce educational opportunity for disadvantaged students, and have no systemic competitive effects. Thus, the power of choice to increase educational achievement and opportunity is very much in the details of the design and implementation of choice systems. Because the knowledge base on which to construct school choice systems is far from mature, our final recommendation is that:

learned.
ASD economics

Bangor, PA

#11 Apr 13, 2011
Vouchers satisfy some and infuriate others. It is not a sustainable long range plan. The cost is too high. Public education works and is the best value for the tax dollar. I am for higher income taxes, sales taxes, and stop property tax. Then this connections ends.
The rich have choices. The poor do not. That's life!

Many good posts. As some say above what about handicapped, special ed, busing, the country does not owe any one anything, equal rights,
we already have free education for all
even if the person does not earn a cent or own a home how can vouchers improve on that?

and again, the law does not make any school receive these children,yet.

Poor folks do not have the car to get to the far away successful suburban school. Most want to go to school with their friends, peer group, and neighborhood.
Lee

East Stroudsburg, PA

#12 Apr 13, 2011
It just means public school teachers and administrators will have to work harder and be more dedicated to student outcome. Better curriculum and more diverse teaching methods are needed. This is done in Europe and should be done here. We need to keep pace with the world, so our children stop getting failing grades and can actually pass standardized tests.
Amish Pirate

Reading, PA

#13 Apr 13, 2011
Another joke of a plan by the Governor that increases funding for educating inmates while decreasing funding to schools.

Schools will become like colleges competing for the best athletes and academic students. Does anyone really think that any kid from Reading High that wants to go to Wyomissing will suddenly be able to ? Not a chance, they have limited space and resources and will cherry pick a few top students others will not be allowed. Not picking on Wyomissing, it's just how it will work. But hey in the socialist education system Corbett wants maybe I could have gotten into Harvard with my average SAT instead of Kutztown.
Amish Pirate

Reading, PA

#14 Apr 13, 2011
doe wrote:
Since I pay almost $4,000 in school taxes and have no children in school, I would be happy to have my taxes contributed to the voucher system. My children went to private, religious schools, for which I paid and benefited not at all from my school taxes. Every child is entitled to the best education available and school districts should be required to pay for whatever the parent decides is best.
A free education was offered to your children in public school, you made the choice that they needed a religious education so anything additional you paid is on you. Vouchers will lead to nothing more the schools recruiting students like colleges do athletes.

Since: Jun 07

Allentown Pa

#15 Apr 13, 2011
excess2323 wrote:
I believe that school vouchers may be the way to go in the future. The current bureaucratic system is failing our kids. A voucher system will allow competition to enter the marketplace and improve the quality of education. I have documented this via my website at http://www.upxsuccess.com
The current system is not failing our kids. I moved from a school district that was high in poverty and low on test scores to a school district that has very low poverty and much higher test scores. The system works fine where I am. And the reason it doesn't work in my former school system is because the parents don't work. You can't blame the schools for low attendance, high poverty, kids that show up hungry, kids that don't know where they're going to sleep from night to night.
the last thing I want is these kids being moved into my new district. And I guarantee, a lot of parents in the suburbs are thinking the same thing.
Dave

AOL

#17 Apr 13, 2011
Re: some Lehigh Valley districts saying they won't accept other students:

What happened to the claim that public schools must accept all students. Clearly they don't, and won't.

Ohio instituted a voucher system in Cleveland in 1996 which specifically authorized suburban districts to accept such students, but didn't mandate it. Not one did so. Only nonpublic schools, including those in suburban districts accepted students without regard to their home community.

Want to bet how many suburban districts accept students from Allentown, or Reading, not to mention Philadelphia or Pittsburgh?

Which is why vouchers are necessary -- to give kids locked in failing schools a real chance to succeed.
Amish Pirate

Reading, PA

#18 Apr 13, 2011
Vouchers = Socialism, same as Obama's health care plan. Only difference is which corrupt party supports which one.
Berks County

Birdsboro, PA

#19 Apr 13, 2011
doe wrote:
Since I pay almost $4,000 in school taxes and have no children in school, I would be happy to have my taxes contributed to the voucher system. My children went to private, religious schools, for which I paid and benefited not at all from my school taxes. Every child is entitled to the best education available and school districts should be required to pay for whatever the parent decides is best.
I agree - I pay over $5,000 in school taxes and home school my children. The more choices we have the better education our children will receive. Go another step further - allow us home schooling parents to claim the text books we purchase on our taxes. Double whammy - I pay school taxes and also pay for our supplies. We're in the same boat!
John

Allentown, PA

#20 Apr 13, 2011
Jeff wrote:
Just like the high priced auto unions Teachers and Administrators are next if they do not want pay cuts and freezes no money left! People can not continue to fund schools through taxes if this continues all people will be forced out of their homes and then almost all children going to School will be homeless! School districts have alot of this too blame on themselves all these high priced schools and athletic fields they built! There is NO reason for all of this.Sure we need to have modern facilities for our children to learn in but when is it enough?Education is a two way street parents and teachers need to work together alot better than what they do nobody wants to take responsibility any more everything needs to be POLITICALLY correct nobody wants to or dares to speak the truth anymore.School boards and Administrators must come down off their pedestals and stop thinking they are way above and better than us mortals. I have never in my life met more snottier people than school administrators.And by the way any of you out there want to correct my spelling or punctuation that just goes to show how low you are and exactly what i am talking about. We also need to get rid of welfare believe it or not that's also a huge part of the problem making to many babies just to get welfare and not paying taxes!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_deed_sale

http://mysite.verizon.net/drbsr/PTCCWeb/faqs....
mike

Coplay, PA

#21 Apr 13, 2011
I have a good idea..
If everyone leaves central in Allentown, then the district can sell the property to Walmart and make a few bucks to fix the deficit. We need a "city" Walmart.

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