Senate GOP needs more time on school-...

Senate GOP needs more time on school-voucher bill

There are 9 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Apr 12, 2011, titled Senate GOP needs more time on school-voucher bill. In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

A bill in the state Senate that would allow more children to attend private and religious schools with taxpayer help encountered the first signs of trouble Tuesday, just hours after hundreds of private school students shepherded by parents and teachers went to the Capitol to push for passage of a top GOP priority.

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Concerned Citizen

Montgomery, AL

#1 Apr 12, 2011
The GOP is bent on destroying Pennsylvania's public school system! In Corbett's proposed budget, public schools are set to lose 1 billion in funding. Meanwhile private schools are set to see increased funding through our taxes. Private schools are not held accountable. They can pick and choose to teach whoever they want. They do not administer the PA State Standardized Assessment Tests. As a parent of school aged children, I find it deplorable that my child's school district will see massive cuts from the State, which will have a negative impact on their overall educational career. While private school students will benefit! Education is the key to a successful society, PA Governor obviously thinks otherwise! I would also like to thank all of the hard working teachers in York County. You do not receive enough credit for your dedication to our children! You do not deserve this criticism from our elected officials. Representative Stan Saylor "please do not let our public school children suffer from Governor Corbett's proposed budget!" Stand up for those who do not have a political voice, the children!
No surpirse

York, PA

#2 Apr 12, 2011
This MORE private school funding has been in the words for decades. CorVETTE is a P'burgh lackey of the church schools out there. Hang on, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Fine with me if anyone wishes to send their children to private schools, but don't ask me to pay for your choice as most of us are already paying through the nose for public schools.
In The Know

Sandy Hook, VA

#3 Apr 13, 2011
Send my tax dollars to private schools.

Fund the halls of learning instead of the taj mahals.

Public education is wasteful in its pay and benefit structure while private schools spend less.

Its a no brainer where our tax dollars should be sent to.
Bob Burns

Kunming, China

#4 Apr 13, 2011
Concerned Citizen wrote:
The GOP is bent on destroying Pennsylvania's public school system! In Corbett's proposed budget, public schools are set to lose 1 billion in funding. Meanwhile private schools are set to see increased funding through our taxes. Private schools are not held accountable. They can pick and choose to teach whoever they want. They do not administer the PA State Standardized Assessment Tests. As a parent of school aged children, I find it deplorable that my child's school district will see massive cuts from the State, which will have a negative impact on their overall educational career. While private school students will benefit! Education is the key to a successful society, PA Governor obviously thinks otherwise! I would also like to thank all of the hard working teachers in York County. You do not receive enough credit for your dedication to our children! You do not deserve this criticism from our elected officials. Representative Stan Saylor "please do not let our public school children suffer from Governor Corbett's proposed budget!" Stand up for those who do not have a political voice, the children!
The main benefit is the dissolution of the teachers union
Bob Burns

Kunming, China

#5 Apr 13, 2011
No surpirse wrote:
This MORE private school funding has been in the words for decades. CorVETTE is a P'burgh lackey of the church schools out there. Hang on, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Fine with me if anyone wishes to send their children to private schools, but don't ask me to pay for your choice as most of us are already paying through the nose for public schools.
Privatize all schools, w/loans for the needy. Save yourself a bunch of taxes, and the kids will get an actual education, instead of a socialist indoctrination
Concerned Citizen

Montgomery, AL

#6 Apr 13, 2011
Please Bob! Entire communities must help fund education. How can just parents who have children pay for entire school systems. Tell me how it's possible with administrative costs, transportation costs, heating and cooling costs, food costs, unfunded state and federal mandates,electricity, water and sewer, supplies and special education funding (i'm sure I missed other costs)? You obviously want America to go back to the one room school house and expect one teacher to teach 12 different grade levels. Now that will ensure America will be able to globally compete! You have no practical solutions just empty rhetoric! Also, when was the last time you went or visited a public school? I didn't see any socialist textbooks in my child's classroom! I didn't see any socialist homework either. Are there "hidden" socialist lessons being taught that i'm not aware of? By the way, all public school curriculum must be approved by the STATE! I'm sure the State is secretly approving "socialist" lessons that you speak of. Stop treating teachers like the only thing they do is preach socialist propaganda! And by the way, teachers were not the ones who caused our great recession. It was Wall Street! Provide facts with your empty rhetoric! Again, thank you TEACHERS for your hard work during this tough time. You are valued members of our society! And by the way, I am a 20 year veteran who has helped build schools in less developed countries. One reason for their third world status is their improperly funded education systems. Education is a key component to our national security.
Bob Burns

Kunming, China

#7 Apr 13, 2011
Concerned Citizen wrote:
Please Bob! Entire communities must help fund education. How can just parents who have children pay for entire school systems. Tell me how it's possible with administrative costs, transportation costs, heating and cooling costs, food costs, unfunded state and federal mandates,electricity, water and sewer, supplies and special education funding (i'm sure I missed other costs)? You obviously want America to go back to the one room school house and expect one teacher to teach 12 different grade levels. Now that will ensure America will be able to globally compete! You have no practical solutions just empty rhetoric! Also, when was the last time you went or visited a public school? I didn't see any socialist textbooks in my child's classroom! I didn't see any socialist homework either. Are there "hidden" socialist lessons being taught that i'm not aware of? By the way, all public school curriculum must be approved by the STATE! I'm sure the State is secretly approving "socialist" lessons that you speak of. Stop treating teachers like the only thing they do is preach socialist propaganda! And by the way, teachers were not the ones who caused our great recession. It was Wall Street! Provide facts with your empty rhetoric! Again, thank you TEACHERS for your hard work during this tough time. You are valued members of our society! And by the way, I am a 20 year veteran who has helped build schools in less developed countries. One reason for their third world status is their improperly funded education systems. Education is a key component to our national security.
The vast majority of those costs are 'cause it's state "run". The primary driver of education is the culture. For example, the level of knowledge and functional education in the US is obviously on a steep downward path, paralleling the culture. At the same time money poured into it has gone up and up. Surely it must be clear. As Einstein said, "One definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over, expecting a different result". Here, school children pay, at least part, the cost of the school. What do we find? The colleges in the US are only kept afloat by full tuition paying Chinese students, who occupy the top of every class they're in
Tired of All of the BS

York, PA

#8 Apr 13, 2011
Just where is all of this school voucher money coming from?

From what I heard the school voucher money will only amount to a small portion of the cost to educate one child. Who will be making up the difference? Answer, The PROPERTY Owner Taxpayer is getting SCREWED again....

THINK ABOUT IT -- If 100 children move from School A to School B and school B does not loose any children there will be a large additional cost to fund these additional 100 children which the school voucher money will not cover. The PROPERTY Owner Taxpayer of School District B will see a huge increase in their property taxes to make up the additional costs; NOT A GOOD PLAN…..

Senate Bill 1 is NO Good for the Property Owners in Pennsylvania, period….

If the Pennsylvania Legislators want True Reform then do away with School Property Taxes and replace with an increased and expanded sales tax on all goods and services so everybody pays from Welfare Recipient to Corporate President.

As it stands now, renters do not pay dollar for dollar the same amount in school taxes as property owners do. Maybe the only exception would be a single family rented property BUT regarding all multi-family rented property the dollar for dollar amount IS NOT the Same…..
Bob Burns

Kunming, China

#9 Apr 13, 2011
Tired of All of the BS wrote:
Just where is all of this school voucher money coming from?
From what I heard the school voucher money will only amount to a small portion of the cost to educate one child. Who will be making up the difference? Answer, The PROPERTY Owner Taxpayer is getting SCREWED again....
THINK ABOUT IT -- If 100 children move from School A to School B and school B does not loose any children there will be a large additional cost to fund these additional 100 children which the school voucher money will not cover. The PROPERTY Owner Taxpayer of School District B will see a huge increase in their property taxes to make up the additional costs; NOT A GOOD PLAN…..
Senate Bill 1 is NO Good for the Property Owners in Pennsylvania, period….
If the Pennsylvania Legislators want True Reform then do away with School Property Taxes and replace with an increased and expanded sales tax on all goods and services so everybody pays from Welfare Recipient to Corporate President.
As it stands now, renters do not pay dollar for dollar the same amount in school taxes as property owners do. Maybe the only exception would be a single family rented property BUT regarding all multi-family rented property the dollar for dollar amount IS NOT the Same…..
Absolutely agree. Property taxes should be eliminated

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