Will Miss Heidi pick the winners herself, or will there be a lottery like they do for charter schools?
I first heard about the idea of vouchers as a teacher during the Reagan administration, and the idea of school choice came from economist Milton Friedman, father of school privatization.I have heard of private and parochial school owners who actually for that reason.If private schools must follow the rules and be set up like public schools with mandates from the state, they could cease to be private schools. Wealthy people will still have more money than the middle class and poor children, so their schools will still have resources, and the middle and lower class schools will be schools that lack what they’re already missing now as public schools, and then some.Commissioner Heidi Shafer used the usual hackneyed argument for vouchers.She said that parents of children should have an “escape hatch” for children “trapped” in those schools in the lower 5 percent (referring to test scores).They certainly never see a charter school they don’t like. There has been plenty written about how vouchers have failed to improve achievement and waste tax dollars. Here she says why they failed in Milwaukee and here is why they failed in Cleveland.
However, it was in who wrote about the awful circumstances surrounding vouchers to crummy schools given in Florida for the Mc Kay Scholarship Program for students with special needs.
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But school vouchers weren’t always popular with the American people. But now, if you are a parent, and your child’s public school has become a shell due to the lack of funding for a balanced curriculum, the overemphasis on high-stakes testing, the lack of services for special education, and the total focus on Common Core math and English/language arts, then you might be tempted to crave a voucher.
Wouldn’t it be nice to send a child someplace, anyplace, you think might be better. Many private, charter and parochial schools are not accredited, and students who attend these schools could come up short.
Parents of the children going there might know but not the general public.