Is it time to revisit educational vouchers in PA?

Created by Competition In Ed on Apr 25, 2013

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Competition In Ed

Latrobe, PA

#1 Apr 25, 2013
School vouchers have many benefits, not only for the students, but also for the schools. School vouchers take the money intended for education and gives it to the families of the children, rather than the school districts. The families can then choose which school they want to have their child in, whether public or private, and give that school the money they would use for funding.

One benefit of school voucher programs is that parents can make sure their students are getting the best possible education. Regardless of their income level, if the public schools in their district are not meeting their childís needs, they can change schools. Also, children and parents of certain religious beliefs can seek an education that is in line with their beliefs.

School vouchers benefit schools in the long run as well. They force the schools to hire qualified faculty and provide excellent education in order to receive funding. If schools want money, they will have to perform up to par. But if the school is doing an excellent job, it will be rewarded by income and more students.

One of the best benefits of school vouchers is that it puts the choice for the childís education back in the hands of the parents, where it belongs. It is the parentís responsibility to see that their children are education, and vouchers allow them to make the best possible choices for their children.

Some will argue that with school vouchers, poor schools will end up closing. This is not really a problem, though, because if America continues to fund schools that are not teaching their students, then the students just continue to suffer. Would it not be better for these schools to close and the students that go to them to be given the choice to go to a better quality school? School voucher programs would allow this to happen.
John

Fleetwood, PA

#2 Apr 25, 2013
Competition In Ed wrote:
School vouchers have many benefits, not only for the students, but also for the schools. School vouchers take the money intended for education and gives it to the families of the children, rather than the school districts. The families can then choose which school they want to have their child in, whether public or private, and give that school the money they would use for funding.
One benefit of school voucher programs is that parents can make sure their students are getting the best possible education. Regardless of their income level, if the public schools in their district are not meeting their childís needs, they can change schools. Also, children and parents of certain religious beliefs can seek an education that is in line with their beliefs.
School vouchers benefit schools in the long run as well. They force the schools to hire qualified faculty and provide excellent education in order to receive funding. If schools want money, they will have to perform up to par. But if the school is doing an excellent job, it will be rewarded by income and more students.
One of the best benefits of school vouchers is that it puts the choice for the childís education back in the hands of the parents, where it belongs. It is the parentís responsibility to see that their children are education, and vouchers allow them to make the best possible choices for their children.
Some will argue that with school vouchers, poor schools will end up closing. This is not really a problem, though, because if America continues to fund schools that are not teaching their students, then the students just continue to suffer. Would it not be better for these schools to close and the students that go to them to be given the choice to go to a better quality school? School voucher programs would allow this to happen.
Do you mean private schools like in Catholic Schools ? Whatever happened to paying your own way if you want your kids in a private school. It's called responsibility and saving for your kids education . Don't pass the cost onto me if you never saved for the possibility , spent more on yourself ,and now realize you need money from the taxpayer cause all of a sudden now you start thinking about your kids education .
fu
Ann

Jarrettsville, MD

#3 Apr 26, 2013
Let's move out of the dark ages.
John

Fleetwood, PA

#4 Apr 26, 2013
In 2001 the Republican controlled legislature and then - Gov. Tom Ridge increased retirement benefits for state workers and school employees by 25 percent and for themselves by 50 percent . The next year lawmakers increased benefits for teachers who had already retired and so were left out of the 2001 pension enhancements .

That opened the floodgates of greed and they went nuts.

2001 doesn't sound like the dark ages to me .
Higher ED

Latrobe, PA

#5 May 3, 2013
We have the greatest higher education system in the world because we have competition with state related public flagships, state system, and private colleges and universities.

Let the market prevail not PSEA protection of failing schools!
Education Monopoly

Latrobe, PA

#6 May 6, 2013
It is time the end the Soviet style of public education !
John

Fleetwood, PA

#7 May 6, 2013
Higher ED wrote:
We have the greatest higher education system in the world because we have competition with state related public flagships, state system, and private colleges and universities.
Let the market prevail not PSEA protection of failing schools!
Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorhn ? They should be in jail and never allowed near a school of higher ED . I don't know about every child needs an education in a public school ? Keeps teachers working and on the payroll . What % of students go on to higher Ed ? We get to pay for that also . Hey, it isn't cheap giving everyone and education .
John

Fleetwood, PA

#8 May 6, 2013
Here are retired fill in as schools superintendent
Dr . Persings three points to fix schools ?

1. restructure financing---------- OK
2. increase revenue opportunities- Got it
3. further reduce spending ------- What t f

What part of the good Dr's 3 point fixer upper doesn't dive into our pockets ? This guy's a doctor ? he should have beem a proctologist .
John

Fleetwood, PA

#9 May 6, 2013
Education Monopoly wrote:
It is time the end the Soviet style of public education !
I don't know the difference . What is the difference between how Russia does it and we don't . They beat us into space , we spent oodles catching up, they sat back and laughed, stole our topsecret space papers , A-bomb papers . We spent all the money and fly around the world with the Ruskys ,probably paid for the space station and everything connected to it , then their education system sends terrorists to blow us up . I just don't know if we're smarter or not for all the education we offer.
John

Fleetwood, PA

#10 May 7, 2013
Corbetts proposed pension plan changes meets stiff legislators resistance .

Money for nothing?
Competition In Ed

Latrobe, PA

#11 May 13, 2013
The Governor and the GOP legislator blew a chance to get vouchers in PA during the first year after 8 years of Eddie.
John

Fleetwood, PA

#12 May 13, 2013
Competition In Ed wrote:
The Governor and the GOP legislator blew a chance to get vouchers in PA during the first year after 8 years of Eddie.
Doing nothing is what the Pa legislature and the education unions will be doing in the coming months . The buget will come out sometime in June . The internet has a lot of facts spread out in different places since the Ridge administration but don't get a lot of newspaper space . Crossey gets paid good money on PNC to tell you any changes to the teachers ,staff , administration pay and pensions will be met with union money in the court system.

Before the 2003 and 2008 drop in invested money you thought the poor teachers weren't making enough money . Then came the tax money that each district must pay for retired teachers and all of a sudden it gets included in the budget ,district by district . You won't find most of this stuff unless you check out each district , all 500 of them.
Education Monopoly

Latrobe, PA

#13 May 20, 2013
PA should revisit legislation to break the monopoly on education. This is not a totalitarian government, yet!
John

Fleetwood, PA

#14 May 20, 2013
Education Monopoly wrote:
PA should revisit legislation to break the monopoly on education. This is not a totalitarian government, yet!
Because we the people are allowed to buy as many guns as we can hump we don't get asked "What do you want the guns for" ? Be prepared ! We started buying the guns and ammo well before Benghazi,IRS and Associated Press. Lately we hear that the US government is buying up the bullets at such a rate you can't even find 22lr anywhere ? Corbett will probably be one term but not because he didn't try to change the Union run Government hold on our wallets .

We bought our guns because Obama had his eye on confiscating them all . My guess it is a totalitarian government we are afraid of in the making and we want to be able to protect ourselves from it . It wouldn't be the first time we fought and killed each other .
One size fits all

Latrobe, PA

#15 May 28, 2013
Not all students thrive in the public school and would be better served in a private institution.
John

Fleetwood, PA

#16 May 28, 2013
One size fits all wrote:
Not all students thrive in the public school and would be better served in a private institution.
You can say that again . Some of the students are better served in jail than hurting people on the street or in their school.
Quid pro quo

Latrobe, PA

#17 Jun 7, 2013
As long as PSEA rules you will never see vouchers in PA. Competition is a dirty word!
PSEA and vouchers

Latrobe, PA

#18 Jun 13, 2013
The public school monopoly thanks to PSEA imposes an enormous cost on PA children and taxpayers We are paying dearly for the union label, but mainly due to union lobbying to preserve the government monopoly!
One size fits all

Latrobe, PA

#19 Jul 18, 2013
The public school system is designed for one-size-fits-all, but that's not right. It's about how can we, in a way that's fair, enable and empower? That is why we need competition and vouchers.
Public School Choice

Latrobe, PA

#20 Jul 18, 2013
With PSEA killing any deal for vouchers maybe they would endorse permitting children to go the public school of their choice, including charter schools.

It would be a good place to start!

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