School Voucher Bill Up For Vote In Pa. Senate

Apr 13, 2011 Full story: KYW-AM Philadelphia 15

A bill that would create a school tuition voucher program in Pennsylvania is headed to the Senate floor for a vote, likely this week.

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Big Dog Watching

Bangor, PA

#1 Apr 13, 2011
no to school voucher. Public schools and private schools do not mix. one school only.
Ray

Newville, PA

#2 Apr 13, 2011
From what I seen lately of teachers and school boards, there is a definite need for school vouchers. Our children deserve better and they will not get in public school. The vouchers may make some of the problems of public schools change.
Bill

Bethlehem, PA

#3 Apr 13, 2011
Ray wrote:
From what I seen lately of teachers and school boards, there is a definite need for school vouchers. Our children deserve better and they will not get in public school. The vouchers may make some of the problems of public schools change.
Problems..what problems may I ask? Monetary problems will only become enhanced. Logistical and professional problems won't be touched. Vouchers are not the answer. Get rid of incompetent politicians, overpaid incompetent administrations, clean up the department of education, eliminate the glut of administrators. Next make a test necessary to be on the board of ed. as to get more competent officers. Create workable guidelines for teachers. NCLB is a total failure. Create an evaluation tool that better fits the teaching profession and insures that tenure be earned not granted.
just the facts

Elm, PA

#4 Apr 13, 2011
I hope the public schools file a lawsuit in our Pennsylvania judicial system, because private charter schools funded with taxpayer dollars are unconstitutional.

I'm not wasting my tax dollars funding privately owned businesses.
just the facts

Elm, PA

#5 Apr 13, 2011
Ray wrote:
From what I seen lately of teachers and school boards, there is a definite need for school vouchers. Our children deserve better and they will not get in public school. The vouchers may make some of the problems of public schools change.
Your a fool. These private charter schools are not only unconstitutional according to the Pa. State Constitution they are totally unregulated and have absolutley no accountability on how taxpayer dollars are even spent.

Try reading some facts. Start with Pa. Auditor General Jack Wagners's report on private charters schools and what they will end up doing to taxpayers costs.
just the facts

Elm, PA

#6 Apr 13, 2011
Big Dog Watching wrote:
no to school voucher. Public schools and private schools do not mix. one school only.
The taxpayers in Pennsylvania have to refuse to fund anymore of this unconstitutional privately owned Republican corporate welfare.
DYING ONE PENNY AT A TIME

Hanover, PA

#7 Apr 14, 2011
I've got so many hands in my pockets that I can't even sit down, or maybe that's from the latest tax assesment imposed on our county! Don't even ask about my wallet, I haven't seen it since I started working when I was 13! Big brother and his cousin Penn took that a loooong time ago!
DYING ONE PENNY AT A TIME

Hanover, PA

#8 Apr 14, 2011
To say taht it's not fair to pay school tax because you CHOSE to send your kid to a private school is just stupid. It's like saying you shouldn't have to pay Social Security because you're not using it yet, or not paying your local services tax because you've never called the police, or fire company! Thae fact of the matter is that you, like the rest of Americans, have public education availible, and because you can afford to CHOOSE to send your child to a school that you percieve to be better, doesn't excuse you from paying your share of the services availible to you. I can maybe understand someone complaining because they never had, or will have children, but I would say to them, that they are paying for the future generations who will be taking care of them when they are older.
DYING ONE PENNY AT A TIME

Hanover, PA

#9 Apr 14, 2011
"that""the "----wish I could edit my posts, oh well, deal with it!
just my opinion

York, PA

#10 Apr 15, 2011
Is this the same bill that would only provide vouchers to low income students? That is where my first issue comes from with this whole bill. If we are going to do this, we need to do this for ALL children. We already provide these low income children with so much (free breakfast, free lunch, free/low cost healthcare, etc.). It is time we start giving to the middle class as well who bust their butts every day trying to earn a living. Our children deserve a better education too.
Georgia

Media, PA

#12 Apr 22, 2011
If taxpayer money goes to non-public schools, those schools have to be accountable to the taxpayers in the exact ways the public schools are. Taxpayers have the right to know how their money is spent. All the same standards must be met. If not, how do we know that these children are getting a better education. Non-public schools should not be allowed to take the money and run. They need accountability
John

Allentown, PA

#13 Apr 22, 2011
Bill wrote:
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Problems..what problems may I ask? Monetary problems will only become enhanced. Logistical and professional problems won't be touched. Vouchers are not the answer. Get rid of incompetent politicians, overpaid incompetent administrations, clean up the department of education, eliminate the glut of administrators. Next make a test necessary to be on the board of ed. as to get more competent officers. Create workable guidelines for teachers. NCLB is a total failure. Create an evaluation tool that better fits the teaching profession and insures that tenure be earned not granted.
Dad, you better get off the computer before the corrections officer learns you're on here.
Enough is Enough

York, PA

#14 Apr 22, 2011
just the facts wrote:
I hope the public schools file a lawsuit in our Pennsylvania judicial system, because private charter schools funded with taxpayer dollars are unconstitutional.
I'm not wasting my tax dollars funding privately owned businesses.
Your tax dollars would not be funding privately owned businesses. Your tax dollars would be funding the education of our children as was intended and as is needed for a strong democracy. Why should there be a government monopoly on education?
Enough is Enough

York, PA

#15 Apr 22, 2011
Georgia wrote:
If taxpayer money goes to non-public schools, those schools have to be accountable to the taxpayers in the exact ways the public schools are. Taxpayers have the right to know how their money is spent. All the same standards must be met. If not, how do we know that these children are getting a better education. Non-public schools should not be allowed to take the money and run. They need accountability
Accountability!!! Great word. Tell me, which schools are held to a higher standard, the government schools that receive our tax dollars no matter what the level of achievement is, or private schools that receive tuition payments from families only if they provide a strong education?
I would argue that schools are held accountable to the customer in a private system to a much greater degree than the government schools.
Let's make the government schools accountable to the customer by providing a choice to the parents.
Enough is Enough

York, PA

#16 Apr 22, 2011
just the facts wrote:
I hope the public schools file a lawsuit in our Pennsylvania judicial system, because private charter schools funded with taxpayer dollars are unconstitutional.
I'm not wasting my tax dollars funding privately owned businesses.
BAE Systems...privately owned, receives taxpayer money through defense contracts

Planned Parenthood...privately owned, receives taxpayer money

The list goes on...

School vouchers...taxpayer money going to families to decide where their children would get the best education for our dollar.

The truth is, with school vouchers, your tax dollars would not be wasted on funding privately owned businesses. Rather, your tax dollars would be wasted on funding a child's education.

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