Public Schools And Competition - A Joy To Behold

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    Indiana's ED Voucher System Doubles, Public Schools Fight Back With Billboard Ad Campaign

    Indiana's ED Voucher System Doubles, Public Schools Fight Back With Billboard Ad Campaign - Mike Shedlock - Townhall Finance Conservative Columnists and Financial Commentary - Page 2

    Indiana has the nation's largest school voucher system and it is about to double in size. In response, Indiana public schools wage unusual ad campaign.

    Struggling Indiana public school districts are buying billboard space, airing radio ads and even sending principals door-to-door in an unusual marketing campaign aimed at persuading parents not to move their children to private schools as the nation's largest voucher program doubles in size.

    Unlike voucher programs in other states that are limited to poor families and failing school districts, the Indiana subsidies are open to a much broader range of people, including parents with a household income up to nearly $64,000 for a family of four. The median income for an Indiana family of four was just over $67,000 in 2010, making many of the state's nearly 1 million public school students eligible for vouchers.

    Last year, the effect of the new vouchers was limited because the law passed just four months before the start of school, and many parents were still unfamiliar with the program. But this year, more than 8,000 students have already applied for vouchers, and there is room for up to 15,000. The number of participants could grow even more next year, when the ceiling on the number of vouchers is eliminated.

    Leaders of poor urban schools, which suffered the most defections last year, are especially worried. A district loses $5,300 to $8,400 for each student who leaves.

    After 113 of its students departed for private schools last year, the Evansville Vanderburgh district spent $5,700 to erect two billboards and place ads at bus stops to tout the district's theme of "Bringing Learning to Life."

    In Fort Wayne, public schools lost 392 students to vouchers last year, the most in the state. That cost the district more than $2.6 million in state aid and led officials to cut 10 art, music and physical education teaching positions at elementary schools.

    School staff members have gone to the homes of students who switched to private schools last year or who dropped out and asked them to come back. The district is touting its magnet schools, teaching methods that include Montessori and Reggio and a performing arts and visual arts school.

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    Choices anyone ?

    Look at the schools now fighting to keep students. It's great !!!

    I'll bet students like being seen as special.
     
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    I think parents having a choice in their children's schooling is great. The more the better.
     
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    Notice how the public schools are starting to figure out they are not a monopoly ?

    What happens when someone is taking food out of your mouth !
     
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    dine elsewhere
     
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    The Obama administration backs school reforms such as charters and merit pay for teachers, but it has not put its muscle behind vouchers. Although U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, he doesn’t believe government-supported vouchers are a direction education should go.

    Duncan told a gathering of principals last July that vouchers “pull out 1 to 2 percent of children but leave the other 99 percent to drown,” a March 3 story in Education Week said. “As a federal government,” Duncan said, “we have to be more ambitious than that.”

    The policy institute’s Hitt finds Duncan’s argument insulting to parents — no matter how many — who are desperate to find alternatives to educate their children. He asks: Shouldn’t we pursue everything proven to work? We should.

    Besides, Education Secretary Duncan seemed to contradict himself on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” program Monday. Referring to an unrelated Obama initiative to improve education, he told listeners, “We have to challenge the status quo to get dramatically better.”

    Our View: More school options needed; vouchers a good tool to have - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

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    They don't want them why ?
     
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    These Indiana public schools are going to have to show parents more respect if they want to keep their kids in public schools. All parents and children win! How good is that!
     
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    Sounds like they've figured it out.
     

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