A cruel school move

We wrote last week about Democratic efforts to strip 1,900 low-income Washington children of $7,500 "opportunity scholarships" to attend private schools. Full Story
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mike flynn

Edison, NJ

#21 Mar 9, 2009
ster wrote:
Gore-tex is wrong. Most private schools do not 'cherry-pick' their students. I went to a Catholic gradeschool and ANYONE was allowed in. Period.
There are some that limit which students can get it, but that is also true of public charter schools. So, your point is false.
This is nothing more than protecting teachers' unions. Period.
D.C. spends over $24,000 per year on each student. Giving these kids a voucher for $7,500 actually saves money as schools are paid on the number of kids attending. So, the government SAVES $33,000 on these two students each year, and they get a better education.
I am sorry that reality eludes you.
the reference to catholic schools is out of place. the article was discussing super-elite schools in DC like sidwell-friends. catholic schools are famously inclusive and inner city. tuition is usually several thousand per year, not tens of thousands and teachers paid much less than public teachers.
mike flynn

Edison, NJ

#22 Mar 9, 2009
ster wrote:
Democrats want these kids (a majority are minorities) to drop out or get a poor education and above all... to stay poor. That keeps them voting for Democrats. They won't admit it, but that is the truth.
this point i totally agree with. DEMS are so much more elitist than GOPs. DEMs need a poor uneducated populace to be dependent on them. TRUE THAT.
peter

New York, NY

#23 Mar 9, 2009
Gore-tex wrote:
The main premise of this editorial is totally brain-dead: Every child should be able to go to private school regardless of means. What happens to the quality of the private schools once you've crammed every kid in America into them? Keep in mind, vouchers don't even achieve that since the amount that's given to families is not sufficient to cover the whole cost of tuition; many families will inevitably be left in even worse schools after public funding disappears to pay for vouchers. Of course, that fact is again elided in this piece so that the Trib can again make the teachers unions the scapegoat for everything that's wrong in American schools. The obvious truth is that private schools get better results *because* they are private. Let the public schools cherry-pick their pupils and everything will get nice and rosy for them too. Unfortunately that isn't reality. Reality is the need to fix the existing system, but don't look for any help with that from the union-fixated Trib.
So your solution is to prevent the only solution that has actually been proven to work...competition. Without competition from the outside the public schools in every large city have deteriorated severely for the last thirty years. If you stop mimicing teachers union talking point and look at the situation from the outside, you might see what I mean. There is no fix from within the system. The private schools are better because rules are enforced on the students, no social promotions, no rude talking back to the teachers. If you don't follow the rules you're out. You know, the way the public schools were before the seventies. Why do it this way? It works. Nothing else really matters in the long run.
sub

New York, NY

#24 Mar 9, 2009
this is no suprise. because democrats are programmed to be full of @#&^%, Just witness Obama, with every passing day he goes back on a campaign promise, accompanied by some weak spin (Peter Orszag, you nerdy tool). so being two-faced with regard to poor school children is no surprise. we wouldn't want to upset the UFT, would we? Oh my no!.....
James Reyes

Chicago, IL

#25 Mar 9, 2009
It's moves like these that make me disregard Durbin's moral authority.
say what

United States

#26 Mar 9, 2009
peter wrote:
The private schools are better because rules are enforced on the students, no social promotions, no rude talking back to the teachers. If you don't follow the rules you're out. You know, the way the public schools were before the seventies. Why do it this way? It works. Nothing else really matters in the long run.
Yes, yes, yes! You are exactly right. But don't you see that that's the problem with vouchers?

Public schools are no longer ABLE to enforce rules and demand discipline! Taking the "good" kids out of public schools will leave nothing but the kids whose behavior would get them kicked out of private schools in a heartbeat!!!!

If we could go back a few decades and allow rules to be made and enfoced, the public schools would be okay!
BigMac

Mercedes, TX

#27 Mar 9, 2009
Now that the Dems are ensconced, at least for the near term, don't look for any "progress" from those champions of mediocrity in the Education Mafia. No school choice, no competition, no merit based system for teachers, just the same old tired bs.

Then, when they are finished with K-12, they'll ruin postsecondary education by "guaranteeing" everyone a college degree, and in so doing, completely dilute the value of one.

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