Where’s the voucher bill?

I’ve been in State Board of Education meetings this morning and am just catching up with everything happening with crossover day.
SB 90, the universal voucher bill, is not on the Senate calendar for a vote today. Any bill that doesn’t pass out of one chamber to the other by midnight cannot become law this year.
Vouchers could be added as an amendment to another piece of legislation, so don’t bury this issue yet.
Should vouchers should live to see another day?

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V for Vendetta

March 12th, 2009
12:21 pm

Old School

March 12th, 2009
1:00 pm

Tony

March 12th, 2009
2:23 pm

No. Vouchers as currently proposed would only benefit a select few. The bill should die a quiet death. I believe that most legislators, in their hearts, realize the duplicitous nature of the proposal and are quietly happy the issue is not coming up for a vote.

catlady

March 12th, 2009
5:33 pm

Let ME make up the rules for a voucher bill–please! First, TEACHERS choose which kids are offered the vouchers. Second, a student cannot come back to the public school during the school year. Once they opt out, they have to wait until the year is over–no flip-flopping. And so on…

Tony

March 12th, 2009
8:56 pm

Good rules catlady!! I would like to have a few choices when enrolling students, too. Perhaps if schools had some choices and actually enforced the rules, we could turn this ship around. But, no. Those rules might actually allow public schools to be effective. Then what would the politicians have to complain about?

Momof2

March 12th, 2009
11:56 pm

Batgirl

March 13th, 2009
12:33 pm

Sorry, Momof2, you’re outnumbered, and the bill didn’t pass out of the senate. Why, with all the budget cuts public schools are experiencing, should we finance private education?

Lori

March 13th, 2009
1:13 pm

Vouchers are a huge waste of money. Just demand that ALL of our public schools are top notch. I dont know what is so difficult about making a school great. Just mimic schools that DO succeed. Find a high end prep school and copy them! This is not rocket science. It isnt always about the money, it is ALWAYS about the administration and teachers. If both these groups care 100% then everyone will succeed. I am sick of excuses from lazy people.

Momof2

March 13th, 2009
10:52 pm

So, what do the private school teachers have to say?

ScienceTeacher671

March 14th, 2009
12:14 am

Lori, the high end prep schools charge $20-30K per year per student, much lower student-teacher ratios than public schools do, not to mention parents with very high expectations.

Of course, the vouchers as proposed wouldn’t come close to covering the tuition at the high end prep schools either…

ScienceTeacher671

March 14th, 2009
12:24 am

Insert “and have”….

DB

March 14th, 2009
10:29 am

No vouchers. It assumes that all these better schools have the space to take all these students who are stuck at sub-standard schools. In reality, those high-achieving schools are crowded, too, with the kids that actually LIVE in their district.

And if you get a voucher for $3-6K for a private school — so what? Most of the better prep schools in Atlanta are running between $12-16K, and they DON’T have to take all comers. If you were that much of a proponent of private schools, that $3-6K wasn’t the stumbling block.

Lori

March 14th, 2009
11:56 am

I know how much private prep schools cost, and I know how much our govt wastes on wars, mismanagement, corruption, etc.. I worked for the US Senate for 10 years and saw the money that was wasted over and over again. I want our govt’s priorities to totally change. Why shouldnt every student in america be given the exact same educational opportunities that “hight income” students receive?

Lee

March 14th, 2009
2:50 pm

Vouchers will be back. As long as public schools spiral out of control, there will be pressure by many of the “good” parents of “good” students to get them the hell out of there.

As a parent who is paying private school tuition, do I want vouchers?

No. For the simple reason that vouchers would do for the private schools what medicare/medicaid did to the healthcare industry.

ScienceTeacher671

March 15th, 2009
6:34 am

Lori, I’m with you, and apparently misunderstood your original comment…I just get amazed at the people who say the public schools should be spending a lot less per student, when the high-end prep schools spend three times as much…

Lori

March 15th, 2009
11:51 am

ScienceTeacher, you are SOO right!! Spend less??? Are people completely out of their minds!! Teachers should be paid more, schools should have state of the art equipment, lunches should be healthy and full of variety, curriculum should be customized for individual learning styles, etc… This may seem like a pie in the sky, but why should it be?? We need to demand the highest standards for education for everyone. Vouchers are just a quick bandaid for parents who are proactive. Just because some students come from families that are worthless and dont care doesnt mean that that kid should receive anything less than the best. If we are ever going to fix that non caring attitude we HAVE to get to these kids early and show them the right way to act. Give them the education they need to succeed not to just mirror what they were raised in. You have to fix from the ground up.