State Senators' school voucher propos...

State Senators' school voucher proposal draws critics, supporters

There are 15 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Jan 23, 2011, titled State Senators' school voucher proposal draws critics, supporters. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

Some local private schools say a proposal to offer tuition vouchers could provide opportunities for students, though a statewide organization says it gives the real power of choice to the schools.

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Sue

Lancaster, PA

#1 Jan 23, 2011
Harrisburg School District is up to $17,000 per student and performance is one of the lowest in the state.
During the last eight years, taxpayers are contributing 40% more for education.
Throwing money at the problem has NOT worked.
Something new needs to be done.
Also, paying parents to claim their child is educationally disabled isn't working either. It is exacerbating the problem.
Joe

Lititz, PA

#2 Jan 23, 2011
There are no failing schools, but there are schools filled with failing kids and failing parents, who don't bother to help there kids understand how important education is. These vouchers won't solve that problem.
Does Nothing

Lancaster, PA

#3 Jan 23, 2011
To help those of us who make more than $28,000 a year but own our homes and are being taxed at a rate that means we cannot afford 10-20,000$ a year to send our children to private schoo;s even though our local school is on the persistently failing list. This plan only aids the people who are helping to create the problems in the schools, the people that pay no taxes.
Hard working parents

Bloomsburg, PA

#4 Jan 23, 2011
Once again, we are supporting the ones that are causing the problem and for the ones that are working hard and trying to make a better life for their kids are BEING KICKED IN THE TEETH!!!
As someone that heard from a person that worked in Hbg elementary office and having these so called moms yelling at her because she calls and tells them to pick up their sick kid, not being feed, drunk and druggies for parents and then see THIS CRAP!
Why doesn't PA start a NEW INITIATIVE in which ALL PARENTS qualify for the vouchers at the SAME PRICE!!!!! There are alot of working parents that can't afford to live in one of the "fancy" school districts and these are the PARENTS THAT SHOULD BE SHOWN COMPASSION!!! Not the ones that send their kids to school that can't speak english, have parents that don't care for their kids.
LET PA SHOW THE US THAT ALL PARENTS ARE ENTITLED TO THEIR CHILDREN GOING TO A BETTER SCHOOL!!!!!!!
Parents want their kids to go to another school, then THEY PROVIDE THE TRANSPORTATION to and from there, or once again, higher school taxes to pay for all the extra buses to distribute kids. AND, make the kids accountable!!!! If they cause problems in class, don't have passing grades, then THEY ARE GONE!!!!!!!! Someone needs to make their kids accountable for their actions and for their direction they are carving for themselves in life. If there are not enough of checks placed in this program, some of the good, private schools could be brought down to the standards of the already failing schools.
Voucher Slouch

New Freedom, PA

#5 Jan 23, 2011
Don' need no skool vouchers. We wants KFC vouchers.
vouchers stink

Reading, PA

#6 Jan 23, 2011
what ever happened to seperation of church and state! public tax dollars should not be funding private schools period. If you want your child to go to private school, than foot the bill yourself. I don't pay taxes to foot the bill for private schools. Parents need to step up and support their child's learning and communicate with teachers. Teachers need to step up and make sure the children they teach are succeding. Parents of children who are failing also need to stop looking for handouts and get involved with their child's school to improve the situation.
Scary

York, PA

#7 Jan 23, 2011
Very good points; most especially, "Voucher Sloucher's"...knock it off Kenny...lol! Interesting on the transportation post (ex: live in Delta and sent your child to Northern HS). And the use of the word PARENTS (plural) continues to pop up in the voucher proposal. PARENT (singular) with grandma raising the kids is one of THE main problems. I love the statement if they do not produce,'they're gone'. And guess where that will be; back to the original school district. And guarantee, this will happen. Why drag down the 'sorta' normal' schools, whatever that means! Vouchers for 'school to school', not just for charter/private/religious schools; talk about opening a can of worms. Private schools are already accused of recruiting athletes. Can anyone imagine what the results will be when vouchers are accepted for 'school to school'? Why are there students, doing well, in the lowest of low schools. One reason, and one reason ONLY, PARENTAL caring/nurturing/concern. I imagine vouchers will also lower "school property taxes", correct? Watch what you wish for, just like universal health care, you may get IT!!!
Dave Dunlap

Pensacola, FL

#8 Jan 24, 2011
Vouchers are always the idea of those who want to funnel public money into Christian schools. They would never admit it, but it is always there. What should trouble folks most is that these people are being untruthful about their motives. In other words, they think it is okay to lie in order to spread their religion to those who are not believers, and to save money for schools in which in which the teaching of honest science is forbidden
wildcats

York, PA

#9 Jan 24, 2011
let the recruiting begin with this idea...... can you imagine high school coaches for sports. I am sure they would not even think of it though right? Better yet a player that lives in another district would make a team over one that does. Talk about upset parents..........
Scary

York, PA

#10 Jan 24, 2011
wildcats wrote:
let the recruiting begin with this idea...... can you imagine high school coaches for sports. I am sure they would not even think of it though right? Better yet a player that lives in another district would make a team over one that does. Talk about upset parents..........
Duh! Thanks for paraphrasing my previous post!
Providence

York, PA

#11 Feb 1, 2011
Dave Dunlap wrote:
Vouchers are always the idea of those who want to funnel public money into Christian schools. They would never admit it, but it is always there. What should trouble folks most is that these people are being untruthful about their motives. In other words, they think it is okay to lie in order to spread their religion to those who are not believers, and to save money for schools in which in which the teaching of honest science is forbidden
So, those of us who want to open a private school that is not "faith" based are non-existent? It's troublesome the mass generalizations that people are able to make.
Rhode Island

York, PA

#12 Feb 1, 2011
Providence wrote:
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So, those of us who want to open a private school that is not "faith" based are non-existent? It's troublesome the mass generalizations that people are able to make.
Fine with me! You may also open a non-faith based school for astronauts, but kindly DO NOT ask for taxpayer funds! Now mASS on that for awhile!!!
Vern

Devon, PA

#13 Feb 17, 2011
It is a good idea. Would put pressure on failing school to do a better job with current students. Student's must worl hard and stay out of trouble if they ewant to a[pply to a better school. No school is going to take a student who is now,for not wanting to work hard, in the classroom, and causes trouble. Must become a student of good character.
Vern

Devon, PA

#14 Feb 17, 2011
If the student's know the requirements to be admitted to a better school they will apply themselves; if not they will stay in their failing school. You gotta know the rules to play the game.
Shirley

York, PA

#15 Feb 17, 2011
Vern wrote:
It is a good idea. Would put pressure on failing school to do a better job with current students. Student's must worl hard and stay out of trouble if they ewant to a[pply to a better school. No school is going to take a student who is now,for not wanting to work hard, in the classroom, and causes trouble. Must become a student of good character.
That's pretty ridiculous (almost said stupid) thinking. If the students would do THAT at their present school, there would be no need for this expensive endeavor. Just ANOTHER concept in trying to upgrade the entire USA system of education. Sooooooo many things have been tried; back to basics, like, old fashioned "a$$-kickin". That is what the vast majority of unproductive students really, really need (in school/home/community). Not some program, where they slice open their heads and place education inside. Been tried too many times!

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