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GUEST ESSAY: School voucher proposal raises many questions

First things first, that backbone is broken and is in need of serious rehab. Our educational system is ranked alongside third world countries. "Well worth the cost". Oh. Please. We are spending more and more and getting substandard results. What don't you understand here? You have no understanding of private education. None. Trust me, private education operates on tight budgets. There is no fat. Any money is poured back into the school. They are not in it to make money. Mandates. Not all mandates are pointed towards spec. ed. They've been in force. The results speak for themselves. They don't work. Wake up buddy.  (Feb 10, 2011 | post #54)

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Pennsylvania school districts to lose state funds

I live in a school district in a suburb of Pittsburgh. Our athletic director makes $91,000 a year as well.  (Feb 9, 2011 | post #120)

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Pennsylvania school districts to lose state funds

Not true. Preliminary budget are started early in January and February, if not sooner. The state will have its preliminary budget in March. Budgets have to be finalized and voted on by June 30th. So, you have April, May and June to figure out your school budget.  (Feb 9, 2011 | post #119)

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Pennsylvania school districts to lose state funds

These school districts have bloated payrolls with too many administrators earning 6 figures walking around sucking down coffee. If they don't actually work in a classroom, cut'em. Amen, amen, amen ..........  (Feb 9, 2011 | post #118)

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GUEST ESSAY: School voucher proposal raises many questions

You have to look at a typical school budget. My school district spends 60% on instruction, 30% on support services and 10% on other items. Public schools have mandates from the state and federal government that drive up the cost of education. As a result, the problem in public schools are bloated payrolls with 6 figure administrators and support personnel that are NOT in the classroom. Take a good look at an organizational chart in a public school. In private schools, I can attest that salaries make up much more than 60% of the operating budget. Other than the fixed costs (heating, electrical, etc.), most money is spent in the classroom. Having said that, salaries for private school teachers lags their public counter-parts. To answer your question, instead of a cost of $5,000 in a parochial school (see my earlier post), put the cost at $7,000. With twenty (20) students in a classroom, typical size, the salaries in a private school would start to match their counter-parts in the public schools. In general, private schools don't have the mandates associated with the public schools, which leads me to believe, do we really need those mandates in the public schools? I don't think so.  (Feb 9, 2011 | post #51)

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GUEST ESSAY: School voucher proposal raises many questions

Ya know, I've thought of the same thing. Vouchers would up the door for any religion as well as non-religion. My only fear of vouchers would be government interference in the school. One of the main arguments against vouchers is accountability back to the government. IMHO, I should be the one determining that accountability. First, I will see it in the course work. Second, I will see it in the standardized test scores. If I don't like the way my private school is working for my child, I would opt out and send them to a different public or private school.  (Feb 8, 2011 | post #44)

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GUEST ESSAY: School voucher proposal raises many questions

What is CASD?  (Feb 8, 2011 | post #43)

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GUEST ESSAY: School voucher proposal raises many questions

Religious school, namely catholic schools, cost much LESS than public schools. The same could be said for Christian schools. The private schools that cost MORE than public schools are the elite private "academies ", which are typically used by the wealthy. Class sizes are much lower in the academies than in the public and parochial schools. I don't believe that they will be mediocre. They'll be above average. Yeah. I agree. Segregation. Put the bright kids together in one class and put the disruptive kids in a padded room.  (Feb 8, 2011 | post #40)

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GUEST ESSAY: School voucher proposal raises many questions

The cost to educate my child in a parochial school is $5,000. The per pupil cost in my school district is $14,000. All I need is a voucher of $5,000. I'm saving my school district $9,000 by opting out of the public school system. In other words, the school district now has an additional $9,000 in their budget. A voucher doesn't take money from a school district.  (Feb 8, 2011 | post #34)

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GUEST ESSAY: School voucher proposal raises many questions

The voucher doesn't go to the school. It goes to the parents.  (Feb 8, 2011 | post #33)

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GUEST ESSAY: School voucher proposal raises many questions

My child attends a parochial school. I just received the contract for next year. Tuition is $3,280. Additional money of $1,720 comes from the parish. According to the letter from the principal of the school, the total cost is $5,000 to educate my child. The per pupil cost in my school district is $14,000. All I need is a voucher of $5,000. I'm saving my school district $9,000 by opting out of the public school system. Have you ever truly looked at a school budget? The greatest percentage of a schoold budget is salaries for teachers and administrators. With less students, you will have less teachers. With less students, you will not need as many classrooms. You can save money by consolidating the schools and by closing the empty schools. $5,000 < $14,000 Common senator, think about it. All you need to do is give a voucher of $5,000 and in the process, the taxpayers of this commonwealth will save allot of money. I don't buy what you are selling here.  (Feb 8, 2011 | post #32)