Originally Posted by rainbowmoon
I actually have used my fire dept. more than once. (Try like 5 times, I'm always calling them it seems! and the sheriff)
you may not feel it's a penalty, but I (and others) DO. Especially when my childrens whole education (minus the library) will be paid out of pocket and by me (A single mom) with no tax breaks or assistance. yes I do think it's unfair.
Well, quite honestly, you know that public education is "free" and you choose to do something different, for whatever reason. It's a choice.
Originally Posted by KateKat
Educational vouchers for parents to use as they see fit. They could completely cover the costs of public school, be used towards the tuition of private schools or towards home schooling expenses. The public schools here spend more per pupil than most of the private schools and still can't graduate kids who can read or ensure the physical safety of their students. A public school funded voucher based on per pupil public school spending would more than pay most private school tuitions ($14,000 per student public school spending vs. $5,000 per student spending for many of the private schools).
I also am fairly sure that if parents had a choice, nearly all of the very low performing dangerous public schools would close down due to lack of students. What parent in their right mind would choose to send their kid to a public school that has a drug problem and a 60% drop out rate if given a choice?!
There are a few problems with this. First, if a public school system has no idea from year to year how many students they will have (since we know governments have to plan things like 15 years in advance it seems) how will they be able to maintain any infrastructure? Buildings, teachers, food contracts, etc. They just won't know.
And, I really don't believe that vouchers will let everyone have the type of schooling they want. I think the schools will become segregated by race/ethnicity and class. I think that the richer people will still get the better educations. I think that children with uninvolved parents will still have uninvolved parents. I think that those kids dealing drugs in a school with a 60% drop out rate will have to go somewhere, since education is mandatory and all, and none of the problems will be solved. Except maybe people complaining about paying for schools will feel a little bit better about themselves.