I support school vouchers for schools where no public option is available, e.g. nursery schools.
Why shouldn't people be allowed to choose the school of choice. Would you like to be stuck in a failing school system?
Yes, yes, and yes. People need to have more power over where their tax money is spent. Gov't needs to be held accountable for their failures in education. Money (or lack thereof) is the only thing they really respond to. They need to know they are failing because of the way they run things ... not because they are short of funds. You could give them all the money in the world and theyd still fail. Use the tax dollars to show them what a truly good institution is capable of on similar budgets. Then maybe theyll start to adopt something from a successful institution instead of doing guesswork and playing political games with your hard earned money.
Will do nothing but make things worse.
First of all, who in their right mind would think it is a good thing to have the government create new programs in which they must find more money that we do NOT have to pay for private schooling for people who cannot afford it and do NOT have high enough grades to qualify for a school provided scholarship? I mean seriously, I have seen PLENTY of low-income kids from my home town, including one of my VERY close friends I played football with for 12 years, do so amazingly in school that a local private school that educates only the wealthiest of the wealthy including celebrities, A-List movie stars, and the highest of government officials gave him a full ride scholarship to their institution for his entire high school stay. I mean seriously, spending and spending and spending some more? Are you insane? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results...insanity. Why do we no longer request our children, not to mention ourselves, earn what they want? || Next, what do you think is going to happen if we start mindlessly handing out vouchers for these kids to go attend these private schools without feeling a sense of achievement or accomplishment? Do you really think doing this will cause the heavens to suddenly open after years of being closed, and magically these kids who are consistently failing due to their own laziness and misplaced priorities are going to wake up, have a sudden change in heart and personality, and inexplicably become honor roll, Ivy League prospect students? In reality, one of two things will happen: 1) Seats will be full in all the private schools in the area with deserving students. This will cause another outcry about how the problem is not fixed; which will lead to yet ANOTHER mindless, big government program, throwing more of our tax dollars down the crapper and allowing our Government to assume even more power than they already have. 2) These private schools, whether through government subsidy bribery (more tax dollars being thrown down the crapper) or by their own pure greed, will begin over-stuffing the private school classrooms and renting trailers to add more space, while filling the newly opened classrooms not with private school caliber teachers, but instead with the same public school teachers the kids just left as the public schools will begin shrinking class numbers. With the decreased attendance, the states will begin shrinking public school budgeting, gouging it even further than it already is which will force the schools to cut back even further, including firing their teachers who will promptly be hired by the Private Schools for the same exact wages in order to expand the ability for the private schools to handle even more children. Eventually this "death spiral" will end with the private schools looking, feeling and and producing mirror results as the public schools currently do as they WILL in fact be the new public schools. The only difference will be that it will end up costing the government even more for the educational budget every year, it will just be categorized as a subsidy or tax credit as opposed to an educational budget; and right on queue, within the first three 3 years, liberals will stand up and tout how they are "saving all this money in the educational budget thanks to the program they came up with." while hiding and completely ignoring the fact that it is truly costing the tax payers more; it is simply a budgeting trick by the government, playing Three Card Monty or the Shell Game (3 cup street game, guess which cup the ball is under), they focus on tricking you like they always do while you're sitting there happily getting shafted. Once the private schools start becoming over-populated, the next magic trick will quickly happen without you noticing: The original faculty, owners and board members will leave the schools and start a completely new educational institution that is NOT classified as a private school. Since it is NOT classified a private school, the vouchers will not apply. From here, all of those deserving or wealthy students that used to be in true private school will transfer to this new educational institution, leaving all the public school voucher students back at the private school campus; effectively turning private schools into the new public schools and creating a new genre of private schools for those that are deserving. Congratulations, you just finished the most expensive public school permanent field trip in its history, and you have gotten absolutely nowhere and no progress. The worst part is, during this entire process, while you were so blinded by ignorance and the government's empty promises of grandeur, you completely missed the fact that the government raised taxes even further AND took control of even more of our private sector.