Privatizing Public Education

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    For the record: I am a Republican, a public school teacher, and a union member. While I am the first to say that the system is broken, I do not believe private companies can do a better job working within the broken system.

    Check this out:

    Mixed reviews for Delaware Valley High School

    It's a lengthy article, but an interesting read. It highlights many of the same issues and problems that public schools face with students who are basically "uneducable". It also shows that nepotism and political influence infiltrate all aspects of the system, both public and private.

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    Comments? Just one.

    If you privatize 'public' education, it is no longer 'public' education, it becomes 'private' education.
     
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    Not necessarily. There are private companies who provide services to public schools. In the past, it only involved food, transportation, janitorial services, etc. but now it can include support staff and even "alternative programs".

    Private schools are paid for by private citizens. Privatized public schools are paid for by taxpayers.

    Our school is headed to privatize our teacher's aides and substitutes. I'll get back to you on how that works out. :confused:
     
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    The public school's mission is to educate students.

    The private school's mission is to make money.
     
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    You may want to rethink that one ravi. There are millions of educated Catholic school kids doing great things today.

    If a privatized school does not provide a quality service they should be dismissed. But I do agree that children are not widgets if that's what you meant.
     
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    Typical right wing answer to everything. PROFIT.
     
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    I don't know where you got that? I think the word you were looking for is "RESULTS".
     
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    Competition is the answer IMHO. The idea that private education is for profit is to the good, if parents aren't satisfied with the education their kids are getting, guess what? They pull their kids out and go elsewhere, and the private school fails, as it should. I think there should be an "elsewhere", if there's no choice then there's no incentive to do a good job.
     
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    But will you get competition in a small town, no you want. In San Antonio maybe youÂ’ll get competition, but in a rural areas you want.How are you going to organize transportation?
     
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