School Vouchers

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    I have mixed feelings on this, for the simple reason that when tax dollars go to a school, the government has a right to interfer/oversee with what is going on in said school. I can see benefits to private schools with that-such as an increase in services that are currently unaffordable, (ie., special ed specialists, testing for LD early on, more pay for teachers :), etc.

    The down side, we control our curriculum, which helps explain student performance; we're not 'limited' by NCLB and other legislation-we can go higher; we can teach doctrine; etc.

    http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110006796

     
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    For one thing, the problem with public schools today is not entirely due to the government. Much of it has to do with the Teachers' Unions.

    It is a fact that children who attend public schools do not score as highly on tests when compared to children who attend private schools. The reasons are complex but the main one is that teachers in private schools are not unionized. In fact, SAT scores have been steadily decreasing since 1963, the year when public school teachers unionized.

    Teachers Unions are opposed to most education reforms e.g. competency tests for teachers, standardized tests for students and, of course, school vouchers. The reason is based on money. Teachers' Unions extract dues from their members and this money is supposed to be used for collective bargaining, administration and other needs directly tied to the needs of their members. However, it is a fact that unions as a whole spend over 80% of their dues money on political campaigning and donations to political candidates (mostly Democrats) and standing up for causes and issues that have nothing to do with teachers or education (e.g. abortion, gays in the Boy Scouts, nuclear weapons etc). Teachers Unions also will defend teachers who are obviously incompetent, so that school districts can't fire teachers who can't teach. And since most people cannot afford to pay school taxes plus the tuition for private schools (especially poor minorities in urban neighborhoods were schools are especially bad), parents are stuck with sending their children to schools that don't teach.

    School vouchers alleviate many of these problems. By making the education of your children open to the forces of a free market, parents can shop for the best schools in their area. Since this means usually that private schools would stand to benefit (along with the non-unionized teachers who teach there... teachers that can be fired for performing poorly, etc) unions are opposed. As I said previously, vouchers would benefit poor urban minorities the most, since they are the ones who attend the worst schools. However, so long as Teachers Unions are around, they will oppose them.

    Also, there have been cases where the officers of Teachers' Unions have been involved in, indicted for and convicted of mishandling their unions' money....
    1. Barbara Bullock of the American Federation of Teachers

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    2. Pat Tornillo of the Dade County NEA
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    BTW #1.... notice where Democratic politicians who oppose school vouchers and school choice send their kids.... politicians such as Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, and so on.... plus the Hollywood Glitterati..... that's right, they all attend private schools.... no public schools for them! No sir.... that's because their kids are better than yours, because of course, their parents are better than you are! So as usual, with the Left, it's "do as we say, not as we do"

    BTW #2.... Teachers Unions are exempt by law from paying taxes on the dues they collect so long as they do not engage in excessive political campaigning. Since Teachers' Unions do engage in excessive political campaigning (as do other Labor Unions), they not only are ripping off the children that attend public schools and the teachers who work in them, but the American Taxpayer as well. By breaking tax law, the Labor Unions are guilty of massive income tax evasion.... on a scale that rivals that of the drug dealers and of the Mafia..

    BTW #3... The NCLB (No Child Left Behind) act will not solve any of the problems with the education system. Instead, it will merely guarantee more money for the Teachers' Unions (shame on you President Bush) and maintaining the status quo. So instead, I would like to propose renaming the legislation to the No Teachers Union Left Behind Act (NTULB) .... what else could it be?
     

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