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    National Education Standards (NEST) Schools

    a. Establishment
    Congress shall enact legislation whereby the association of the parents or legal guardians of X% of students attending a public school, that has previously received federal money, may establish a NEST school

    b. In order to receive an appropriation by Congress a NEST school shall by obligated to:
    (1) Have within each calendar year five nine-week grading terms, each consisting of no less than forty days of instruction
    (2) Have eighty percent of its students score at least eighty percent on each of the exams established for the national curriculum or comply with eighty per cent of the evaluation requirements established by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences for every subject and every grade for which the school provides instruction
    (3) Make all of the school's facilities available to the general public during non-school hours providing that such access does not disrupt the operation of the school.
    (4) Prominently display the flag of the United States in all classrooms, offices and assembly rooms within their respective facilities
    (5) Require all students, instructional staff, administrative staff and employees to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States on each day of every academic term prior to beginning classes
    (6) Acknowledge the Star-Spangled Banner no less than one time in each week of every academic term
    (7) Observe a one-minute moment of silence on each day of every academic term prior to beginning classes
    (8) Issue a report to the parents or legal guardians of each student enrolled at the end of each academic term, and such report shall note the student's grade for all subjects according to the percentage of the learning objectives and requirements, which the student has attained

    c. Congress may not appropriate money for any NEST school that:
    (1) Provides or otherwise distributes any birth control devise or substance to any student or any other person
    (2) Advertises any product or service that is offered for sale for profit to any NEST student or to the general public
    (3) Prohibits any enrolled student from practicing religion or displaying any religious symbol providing that such practice and display does not disrupt the operation of the school as determined by the concurrence of two-thirds of the school's board of directors
    (4) Sells or otherwise distributes any food product that does not comply with the nutritional requirements established by the United States Department of Agriculture
    (5) Denies admission to any student who complies with the NEST student progression requirements for all grades and subjects which would be required of any student who had been previously enrolled in the NEST school in order to insure that the NEST school may not deny admission to a student simply because he was not previously enrolled in a NEST school

    d. Student Progression
    Each NEST school student who fails to achieve a score of seventy-five per cent on the exams and evaluation requirements established by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences for any courses within any academic term must repeat those courses and obtain a score of seventy-five percent before being allowed to take any additional courses.

    e. Board of Directors
    (1) Establishment
    The Parents and legal guardians of any student who is enrolled in a NEST school shall constitute the board of directors for that school.
    (2) The board of directors of each NEST school shall have the authority to:
    i. Conduct lotteries under the regulation of Congress and when lotteries are operated by the government of the state wherein the school is located, to raise revenue to provide for the maintenance of their school facility, provide for the procurement of materials which are recommended by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, provide compensation for instructors and administrators who comply with the requirements of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and to otherwise provide for the day to day operation of their school
    ii. Employ instructional and administrative staff who complies with the regulations established by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences
    iii. Direct with the concurrence of two-thirds of its members the school to establish any religious display in a common area or observe any religious ceremony
    iv. Implement disciplinary standards and procedures with the concurrence of two-thirds of its members
    v. Appropriate revenue provided by the federal government to provide for the maintenance of their school facility, provide for the procurement of materials which are recommended by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, provide compensation for instructors and administrators who comply with the requirements of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and to otherwise provide for the day to day operation of their school

    f. Parental Rights
    The parents and guardians of any student enrolled in a NEST school shall have the power to request an alternative activity or assignment for their child should they choose to exempt their child from any requirement of the NEST curriculum or from any NEST school activity for religious reasons and the power to enroll their child in any NEST school located within their county of residence providing that students shall be enrolled on the basis of a selection lottery in the event that a NEST school lacks sufficient capacity to enroll all applicants.

    h. Accreditation
    The federal government will accredit all schools that maintain NEST standards. All NEST exams shall be made available to any student enrolled in a home education program or a private school and the federal government may accredit home education programs and private schools in a manner consistent with the accreditation granted to NEST schools.
    i. Federal Funding
    (1) Matching Funds
    i. Parental
    Congress shall appropriate to each NEST school an amount of money equal to the amount appropriated by the parents or legal guardians of the students enrolled in the school.
    ii. Government
    Congress shall appropriate for each student enrolled in a NEST school, an amount of money equal to the combined per student appropriations made for students enrolled in public school by the state and local authorities of the state wherein the NEST school is located.
    (2) Teacher Salary
    Congress shall guarantee a minimum annual salary of fifty thousand dollars for any teacher who complies with the requirements established by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and who has been employed at the same NEST school for a period of five years.
     
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    Looking for a link, did I miss it?

     
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    At a glance, I think this is his personal idea, since no such document exists that I am aware of.
     
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    And I thought nt250 had left the room.:tongue1:
     
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    i. Results

    (1) Cost per student shall go up no less than 10% annually
    (2) Student literacy shall be observed to decline, in axccordance with previous experience with increasing federal control over schools
    (3) Educators and bureaucrats shall observe point 2 but ignore point 1, and blame underfunding
    (4) American schools must maintain their existing higher per-student costs compared to no less than 20 other industrialized nations while simultaneously performing worse, as is the case now; lawmakers and bureaucrats shall not make mention of this. The same shall hold true for any comparison to private schools and homeschooled children.
    (5) Teachers unions will only need to lobby one legislature, as opposed to 50; as such, they shall be required to contribute more to federal congressmen.
    (6) Knee-jerk government centralization is the answer to all problems with education; as such, think tanks and exploratory comittes shall begin discussing the needs for a UN run school system
    (7) New math, self-esteem courses, and non-phonics reading systems shall be mandatory. History, economics, and science shall be de-emphasized.
     
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    Purely my own idea based on my personal experience as a private school teacher. I cannot say that all private schools are bad. But, all but a few private schools here in my part of Florida are bad and will never be a worthwhile alternative to public schools no matter how bad the public schools may be.

    I no longer support vouchers because, in a state like Florida, private schools determine their own curriculum and teacher qualifications. And as a result I’ve never met a single private school student who could read up to the grade level appropriate for his age. Furthermore, I once had a class of 7th graders (that included a 9th grader) that could not do long division, which is a 4th grade skill in public school here. I lost my first classroom job because I refused to give good grades just to keep the parents happy. Most private schools here operate without libraries or computer labs or science lab supplies. At my last classroom job I was given 2 class sets of science textbooks to teach 65 students. Students at this school were not allowed to take school books home and I was not allowed to assign homework.
     
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    Up North, the story may be different. I know it is in Illinois, coming from a private school educator. Across the board, for the most part private schools out perform public schools, when the locale is held constant. Private schools in the city, out perform public schools in the city. Same with suburbs and rural, with locale held constant.

    Here the private schools exceed the state standards, by at least 2 grade levels.

    Do I think vouchers should be available in suburbs? Not unless parents are facing economic hardships. Our tuition is now near 4k per year, with one student. Public school average for grammar school s†udent, 12K. Which is better for the economy?
     
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    I second Kathianne. I attended both public and private schools during my secondary education, and the private schools vastly outperformed the public. Then again, my private school was up in New England, and the public school was down in Alabama. Southern schools tend to suck.

    I think the best system is probably a fusion of sorts. I support the idea of vouchers, but I believe the government should regulate which private schools are and are not eligible for the funding based on performance.
     
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    There should be performance results. But it should be a non profit school assessment organization which PARENTS can consult. Screw the government regarding this matter. Think Consumer Reports
     

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