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.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.
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#22 Mar 9, 2009
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.
#23 Mar 9, 2009
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.
#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!.....
#25 Mar 9, 2009
It's moves like these that make me disregard Durbin's moral authority.
#26 Mar 9, 2009
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!
#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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