Indiana Supreme Court upholds voucher program

Breaking news out of Indiana where the state Supreme Court has upheld the state’s voucher program.

While Indiana’s Choice Scholarship imposes income caps, they are broader than most voucher programs. The amount of the voucher depends on family income and size. For example, a family of five can qualify for half the $4,500 voucher with an annual income of up to $76,5007.

According to the Indianapolis Star:

The ruling, on a teachers union-supported lawsuit from 2011, ends the legal challenge to the program at the state level. The case could be made again in federal court. But in 2002 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a similar program in Ohio, making any further appeal a long shot.

The Indiana case began shortly after the program was created in 2011 when a group of teachers, school officials and parents who oppose vouchers sued the state, arguing the program was unconstitutional.

Vouchers allow low income families to redirect tax dollars from their local public school district to pay tuition when their children transfer to private schools.

Teresa Meredith, Indiana State Teachers Association vice president and a plaintiff in the lawsuit, said the decision was a disappointment.

“Its not great news for every public school kid across state of Indiana,” she said. “Fundamentally at the bottom of it all, we are on very different philosophical ground about what taxpayer dollars should be used for. This is funding a religious activity with public dollars.”

The decision was met with approval by the pro voucher advocates, including the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, which issued this statement:

The Indiana Supreme Court upheld of the program by a vote of 5-0, ruling “the voucher program expenditures do not directly benefit religious schools but rather directly benefit lower-income families with school-children by providing an opportunity for such children to attend non-public schools if desired.”

“Kids and parents won today,” said Robert Enlow, president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. “With this announcement, Indiana should move immediately to make this opportunity available to more families, and other states should look at this victory and see that the education establishment’s ability to obstruct families’ freedom to choose is waning.”

The Meredith v. Daniels lawsuit moved to the state Supreme Court after a Marion County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the program in January 2012. Judge Michael Keele rejected the plaintiffs’ argument the Choice Scholarship Program violated the Indiana Constitution’s Blaine Amendment, which prohibits state treasury money from being used explicitly for the benefit of religious or theological institutions.

Judge Keele noted that scholarship recipients can “choose to use the funding for education at a public, secular private, or religious private school.” Such was the opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2002, when it upheld the constitutionality of Cleveland’s school voucher program.

“School choice continues to prove its successes nationwide,” Enlow added, “whether that’s in schools, homes, legislatures, or courtrooms. The issue is about giving families the right to find the best educational setting for their kids, pure and simple. Protectors of the status quo should stop standing in the way of kids and rather work to increase the availability of high-quality educational options.”

Indiana’s legislature currently is reviewing a proposal to expand the Choice Scholarship Program. In the program’s second year, 9,324 low- and middle-income families are participating. The expansion would allow siblings of voucher recipients, children with special needs, kids in foster care, and K-12 dependents of military members to qualify for vouchers. It also would increase the cap on the individual voucher amount to $6,500 from its current $4,500.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

91 comments Add your comment

BT

March 26th, 2013
12:32 pm

Private schools can still screen who comes to their schools whereas public schools cannot. I hope accountablitiy follows the money to make all this a level playing field. Some schools that are under performing are more reflective of the zip code and not teaching abilities.

Rick L in ATL

March 26th, 2013
12:33 pm

“This is funding a religious activity with public dollars.” Only if you mean we were praying to be unshackled from people like you.

k teacher

March 26th, 2013
12:41 pm

Until private schools are required to take ALL students and deal with behavior issues until the child graduates, vouchers should not be allowed. Our hands are tied in public schools with regard to discipline issues which require months of “behavior interventions” and tons of paperwork (referrals, story boards, positive rewards, redirection, charts, graphs, RTI, SST, etc) . Most private schools, if they even take you to begin with, it’s three strikes and you’re out, we don’t have to deal with you.

Centrist

March 26th, 2013
12:45 pm

Nice to see both sides of the argument were included above instead of just the anti-voucher/charter stance Ms. Downey and the AJC often exhibit.

To me (and the evolving laws), it only makes sense that at least some of the taxpayer dollars go with the children if move from public schools. It seems now the debate is how much tax dollar $$ will follow, and how harshly means testing will imposed on top of other means tested and progressive taxing.

k teacher

March 26th, 2013
12:49 pm

@ Rick L in ATL … The private school at which my niece is Principal requires Bible reading and twice-weekly chapel services of their students. How is that not “religious activity?” And, they have the three-strikes and you’re out rule…so on to another school if you don’t play by our rules.

Don't Tread

March 26th, 2013
12:51 pm

“Protectors of the status quo should stop standing in the way would agree with that statement.of kids and rather work to increase the availability of high-quality educational options.”

I’m sure many voters in DeKalb and Clayton would agree with that statement.

If Indiana can get it right, we can get it right.

mountain man

March 26th, 2013
12:52 pm

“And, they have the three-strikes and you’re out rule…so on to another school if you don’t play by our rules”

You know, traditional public schools could have the same policy – create an alternative school and three strikes at the regular school and you go to the alternative school.

WilieJo

March 26th, 2013
12:56 pm

Voucher laws are eminently reasonable if your goal is the education of the kids and not the perpetuation of the system. As public schools continue to fall short, families ought to be able to choose.

mountain man

March 26th, 2013
12:57 pm

I have said before that I support vouchers – but only the amount that would be spent educating YOUR child, not the “average” per-pupil spending. That is skewed high by the SPED spending. My estimate: Average per-pupil spending $9000, average “normal” student $4000, average SPED student $20,000.

Centrist

March 26th, 2013
12:58 pm

@ k teacher – Since I am a secular humanist, it would be hard for me to send my child to to a private school that pushes/teaches religion. But since private schools are often better at education than the assigned public school, and are voluntary – it is a matter of choice. Full taxation on top of tuition is an unfair and artificial impediment to that choice.

mountain man

March 26th, 2013
1:00 pm

Right now, schools don’t CARE if your child leaves and goes to a private school. In fact, they enjoy it, because then there is MORE money left for the rest (when you leave your money behind). I know that was the case when I vacated Cherokee County School System. They didn’t care. If you had a voucher system, I believe that schools would care more and try to be competitive.

Competition is why traditional schools don’t like charter schools. Just ask Dr. P in Cherokee County.

Mother of 2

March 26th, 2013
1:07 pm

I took one of my children out of public school, not because it was a poorly performing school, but because it didn’t serve that particular child’s learning needs. I understand that private schools don’t accept everyone and have a much easier time educating their populations. But all children deserve a quality education. Sometimes, the public schools simply can’t provide what a student needs. When that happens, I don’t see why the money shouldn’t follow the student to a better fit.

Rick L in ATL

March 26th, 2013
1:12 pm

@ k teacher: we are strongly pro-voucher and yet would not even consider a school where religious instruction was proscribed, no matter how good its academic reputation… let’s agree to recognize a straw-man argument when we see one, ok? Or do you really think the pro-voucher movement in GA is led by religious zealots as opposed to, say, parents who are fed up with the status quo?

I want a voucher system because it is, to put it indelicately, a knife we can hold to the current system’s throat. I want to tell public school systems: change quickly and radically or die.

School districts don’t understand subtler forms of persuasion, and are undeterred by their own ongoing and massive failures.

d

March 26th, 2013
1:16 pm

I don’t have a problem with money following the student – as long as you can prove it is *your* money that follows the student. In other words – how much do you pay in school property tax? If you can document your SPLOST funding – I don’t mind even allowing that to follow the child for capital improvements at the receiving private school. So, let’s say I have 3 children, my school property taxes are $3000 (nice even number), each child gets a $1,000 voucher for the school of my choice. If I have 6 children, they each get $500. They don’t get a penny more. After all, why should society pay for my decision to enroll my children in a private school?

Bernie

March 26th, 2013
1:17 pm

k teacher @ 12:41 pm – My friend, that is why they are called Private Schools. The Parents are paying for a service of Education. When one is paying for a service such as a Private School. One can or should expect certain restrictions and codes of conduct to be upheld.

Public schools do not come with same set of rules. The much ballyhooed
Vocher payment plan is NO PANACEA of success either. Time will prove that fact,very soon right here in Georgia.

There will only be (2) two success stories from such a plan. One being for those of the politically connected and of course The Lucky Gene POOL Club Members who will get the Quality Education we have all desired and dreamed about for our kids. The other being will be the State coffers and their Education Budgets. It is far so much easier and cost efficient to write checks to the parents. Much more so, than it is to pay for New and established schools, Buildings, Land, Equipment, plus daily,weekly,monthly and annual operating expenses.

The Losers will ultimately be the Hundreds of Thousands of Kids who will have and get a less than stellar education. For them, it will be low wages with many different jobs with no marketable skill. ultimately ending in increased incarceration, financial dependency on the State and then provide another round of innocent victim children to resupply the vicious cycle of Poverty in America. The other Loser will be the neighborhood school as we know it. It will be gone and boarded up and with a ultimate place of refuge for illicit behavior.

So as our many Leaders are thinking about this issue and the logical response. Cut as much as possible is the Mantra! Reduce the amount of our education dollars down to the BONE.

Lets turn our children’s education over to the Corporate conglomerates for handling. Surely, they will do a Better Job.

I am one, who thinks its Foolish and Dangerous on far too many levels.

Centrist

March 26th, 2013
1:20 pm

Mother of 2 posted “I don’t see why the money shouldn’t follow the student to a better fit.”

Some of it, but not all. There is a basic need for a large taxpayer base paying property, income, and sales taxes to support public education. There is a large cross section of demographics it supports including well off, middle class, ESL, special needs, income disadvantaged who can’t afford the transportation, extra-curricular, and added tuition of private schools.

Just A Teacher

March 26th, 2013
1:20 pm

I have nothing against private or home schools, but I think that public schools are the only schools that should be funded with tax money. Just like food stamps and WIC are safety nets for people who can’t afford to nourish their children properly, public schools are there for people who can’t afford to send their children to private schools. If you can afford Westminster or Woodward Academy, more power to you, but I don’t think the “public” should fund “private” schools.

DeKalb Inside Out

March 26th, 2013
1:27 pm

If economically disadvantaged families can spend their food vouchers at private grocery stores, then they should be able to spend their education vouchers at private schools.

Centrist

March 26th, 2013
1:32 pm

Just A Teacher posted “Just like food stamps and WIC are safety nets for people who can’t afford to nourish their children properly, public schools are there for people who can’t afford to send their children to private schools.”

Public schools are not safety nets – they serve most of the public. Private schools even with partial tax dollars following the children are no simple alternative when added costs, transportation (including long commutes for parents) have to be considered. They are most often used as a painful alternative to public schooling which is not nearly reaching parents’ expectations.

Google "NEA" and "union"

March 26th, 2013
1:34 pm

As with the Georgia Association of Educators, local teachers’ union dues money was forwarded to the parent union—the National Education Association—to frustrate education reform, parental choice, and the will of the Indiana electorate.

Indianans can be thankful it didn’t succeed.

Rick L in ATL

March 26th, 2013
1:39 pm

@ Bernie: this is a public Pool, and you are welcome Here, but if you are going to displace all the Water with your thousand-word Diatribes, could you please have the Good Grace to unstick your Caps Key?
Good gracious, are we to have no standards for learnin’ in a forum about education? Where’s my Towel?

gsmith

March 26th, 2013
1:42 pm

we all know what the problem with public schools in the metro area is but we don’t talk about it because it is politically incorrect and it will offend people . so we use bogus studies to try and explain “what has destroyed our pulbic schools” ….. articles are written about ” what is killing public schools in georgia ” people want to blame the school board and the teachers but we all know deep down this is a bunch of bull , this is all just WINDOW DRESSING ….. everyone knows what the problem is but until we can discuss the problem in public without being ridiculed for being honest the PROBLEM will never be solved because it WILL NEVER BE ADDRESSED

high school teacher

March 26th, 2013
1:53 pm

“For example, a family of five can qualify for half the $4,500 voucher with an annual income of up to $76,5007.”

Am I naive in thinking that an annual income of $76K would nowhere near cover private school for three children, even with a $2250 voucher? Or are private schools in Indiana not as pricey as they are in GA?

“Just like food stamps and WIC are safety nets for people who can’t afford to nourish their children properly, public schools are there for people who can’t afford to send their children to private schools.”

sneak peak into education

March 26th, 2013
1:53 pm

Funnily enough I just read an article today about a long-running voucher program in Sweden that did NOT help to improve educational opportunities but DID cause further segregation within their school system. Definitely worth a read.

http://dianeravitch.net/2013/03/26/the-swedish-voucher-system-an-appraisal/

Bernie

March 26th, 2013
1:54 pm

Rick L in ATL @ 1:39 pm – go have a Drink or something…If it were left up to you only certain individuals would be allowed here anyway. So get a Grip!

This is not one of your Hooded meetings ,where you control everything. and evryone must do as you always say or demand.This is a free flowing forum of ideas and if you are uncomfortable with it. Then I suggest you go and play Bingo or whatever it is that you do when you are being a Pain to your wife.

Surely she too finds your incessant demands tiresome as well. Why is that when a Republican always feels the need to try to shut an individual up or shut them down whenever a position is not agreeable to their own opinions?
Its Sick Behavoir….. So get that towel and wipe your brow and untwist your undies and breathe.

high school teacher

March 26th, 2013
1:55 pm

Sorry, I submitted too early. Since when is public school the equivalent to WIC and food stamps? I would say that the majority of parents cannot afford private school. Again, am I naive in thinking this?

sneak peak into education

March 26th, 2013
2:00 pm

Maureen, I know it is off topic but is there any chance you could do a piece on the very troubling report I read about our children’s and teachers’ confidential data being sold to companies owned by Gates and Rupert Murdoch for marketing purposes. I find this extremely worrisome and I don’t know that parents in our state (one of 12 who have agreed to allow this intrusion) know that their children’s data is being used in this way, especially when their privacy is supposed to be protected by FERPA laws. I would also like to know if this just applies to public schools or are private schools included in this also. I am getting ready to write to the GaDofE to ask to opt out.

Just A Teacher

March 26th, 2013
2:05 pm

To say there are similarities between the government programs (i.e. not needed by the wealthiest individuals in our society) is not to say that public school is equivalent to WIC and food stamps. That is about where the comparison ends.

Mountain Man

March 26th, 2013
2:06 pm

“everyone knows what the problem is but until we can discuss the problem in public without being ridiculed for being honest the PROBLEM will never be solved because it WILL NEVER BE ADDRESSED”

I agree – the problem is: ATTENDANCE (one issue anyway).

Bernie

March 26th, 2013
2:15 pm

Mountain Man @ 2:06 pm – Now You are Talking Mountain Man..I am with you on that one. :) we ALL know the real ISSUE here and we are constantly doing this dance of political correctness, without saying what one really feels or means.

We must first, come from a place of honesty and openess in order to grow and understand each other. There always be the outliers. they will always be among us on both sides.

I say Bravo! to you and your comment……the most honest opinion I have read all day.

Rick L in ATL

March 26th, 2013
2:27 pm

@ Bernie–I didn’t ask you to go away–we all need some comic relief sometime– and don’t you dare call me a Republican (we Libertarians hate that). I don’t have a hood–and you’re not in the ‘hood, so step up your game. That’s all I’m saying. Next time you get the urge to press the shift key, ask yourself: does this word really need to be capitalized? (Hint: the answer will almost always be no).

Bernie, you want to play with the big kids on the full-sized court– but you can’t dribble or shoot. But you’re loud, and insistent, so you think that’s enough, and if the others players don’t think you belong in the game, why, they’re racists.

Doesn’t change the fact that you still haven’t got game.

high school teacher

March 26th, 2013
2:30 pm

Just a Teacher, I took your comment out of context. My apologies! :)

Bernie

March 26th, 2013
2:36 pm

Rick L in ATL @ 2:27 pm We All are aware that Libertarian is nothing but Republican Light. You are just have issues knowing that you are really a WHACKO BIRD! to in your thinking. Give it a rest…Americans are free to express themselves freely. Don’t Tread on me with your pious Conformity!

Why not go and kick the Dog or do something mean and cruel as you do daily. You are such a whiner and a cry baby to boot!…lets hear some of your ideas and opinions other than those about ME!
That is, If……. you have any?

Mountain Man

March 26th, 2013
2:37 pm

Bernie – there are three “elephants” that I think never get addressed: Attendance, Discipline, and social promotion. I blog about them constantly and very few ever address them, even though I think everyone agrees that they are problems. They require lot of cojones to solve, so they never get solved.

Centrist

March 26th, 2013
2:45 pm

Bernie posted “We All are aware that Libertarian is nothing but Republican Light.”

“We” being leftist liberals who view almost everyone to their right as either conservative Democrats (rare) or Republicans.

Rick L in ATL

March 26th, 2013
2:55 pm

@Bernie: I don’t know about Republican Lite; I find the dems and repubs equally repugnant these days (though for very different reasons). But I will grudgingly agree with you that my Dogs (both of them) probably do deserve to be capitalized; they are good Dogs! So there, point to you.

Michelle

March 26th, 2013
2:56 pm

I am on the fence about vouchers since my son attended private school until 8th grade because I was not happy with the DCSS. Now as a 9th grader, I am pleased with the school he attends as it has many of the same requirements as the private Christian school he attended without the religious training. My son attends a magnet school in Dekalb County with uniform requirements, AP classes and an expectation from the teachers and administrators that most, if not all, the students will/should be college ready. If I had a voucher to help offset the cost, I would have considered keeping him in private school. Additionally, the commute was overly strenuous but I made the sacrifice to make sure my son had a good solid education. I think if the local school is/has not performed well over a period of time, then yes, a voucher would be helpful to insure the students are provided a quality education.

lexi3

March 26th, 2013
2:59 pm

Bernie March 26 @ 1:17 p.m.): “Lets turn our children’s education over to the Corporate conglomerates for handling. Surely, they will do a Better Job. I am one, who thinks its Foolish and Dangerous on far too many levels.”

If you are correct then people will vote with their feet and run back to public schools. Fat chance. In the long run a freer market will weed out the poor performers-something not possible when the government has a monopoly on elementary and secondary education for the middle and lower economic classes. Even with a voucher program you will be free to send your child to the government indoctrination mills. Good luck to them.

Astropig

March 26th, 2013
3:04 pm

With a break in the action here in Georgia, let’s go back to the studio for a look at the Peach State scoreboard !!!!!!!!

“Thanks, Astro.It’s now gone final in the B1G ten…Indiana has delivered a beatdown on the NEA..” “It was a 5-nothing WHITEWASH for the parents and students versus the Fightin’ Educarats from the union hall. Again, EVERYBODY in Indiana 5,Educrats, zip.”

“Okay, Reece…Thanks a bunch.” “There’s still a lot of playing to do here in Atlanta,but the Reformers are at the five,knocking on the door,trying to put the parent trigger in the end zone just before halftime”.

“Wasn’t that a shocker up in Indy”?

Clutch Cargo

March 26th, 2013
3:07 pm

Yay Indiana!

Educrats- That sound you hear in the background? The one that sounds like a clock? That’s your time running out. Tick,tock…

Mother of 2

March 26th, 2013
3:08 pm

I agree that some, not all, tax dollars should follow the student. SPLOST dollars should always stay with the local school – we vote on that issue and those dollars are typically used for capital improvements that benefit the entire community. It’s important to remember that even good schools, like the one my son left, sometimes fall significantly short for some students.

Bernie

March 26th, 2013
3:08 pm

Centrist @ 2:45 pm – No we just believe You are Crazy, misinformed,
Fearful,Scary,Dangerous, Racist, Bigots,Cruel,Mean Spirited, Self Righteous, Liars, Not good neighbors, Evil, Hateful, Not real Christians, spawn of Satan, Prejudiced, Hater of all brown peoples and any other people who do not share your ancestry, Have fallen of rails to do good, hater of women, Homophobes, Cheap, Stingy, Pompous, war lover, lover of human destruction and mankind, Lover of the Fetus but hater of the Child, Insensitive, disgusting, War monger, destroyer of the family, poor self esteem, poor self image, always thinking you are right ALL the TIME, Not a good American, Oppressor of the American VOTE, False God, lover the Rich and hater of the POOR yet you are Poor, Boastful, Accusatory, NO Faith in anything but money,Chicken, cruel attitude to all others, control freaks, constantly always crying about Freedom but always trying to deny other American their God given rights, supporter of the denial of healthcare for CHILDREN,SENIORS,DISABLED and the MENTALLY HANDICAPPED children of America and Georgia with steadfast stubborness, mentally and morally challeged, not wise, think you are BETTER than anyone on the PLANET, Think you are God’s greatest and only gift to the world which you are NOT, lacking in understanding, empathy and compassion, No way any of you will ever to get to Heaven….If can I think…. of more descriptions…I will let you know! :)

DeKalb Inside Out

March 26th, 2013
3:21 pm

we vote on [SPLOST ] and those dollars are typically used for capital improvements that benefit the entire community.

Unless you live in DeKalb and those dollars go to new cars for the administration. Trailers are cool, says bu2, and Uncle Thermond and his friends need a new ride.

Bernie

March 26th, 2013
3:35 pm

lexi3 @ 2:59 pm – for discussion sake lets apply your reasonening to a Real world application, if we may. That would mean that a Third of the public schools or more here Atlanta would be closed.

The Parents of the Thousands of Atlanta children will receive checks for their child’s education to go where? Should they be Bussed daily to your community and neighborhood for their education? or how about the community next door to yours or further north outside of Atlanta. Who pays for the transportation? school buses,gas mantenance, bus drivers, etc?
Who pays if the amount provided to the parent is not enough for tution,books and other school activities, not to mention the expensive cost of uniforms. who pays for lunch? is there a FREE service or will that be included in the initial check? what about those who are on the free lunch program? We can NOT just decide not to FEED the children during school hours!

what time are the children expected to arrive at the bus stop in the mornings for a 45-min or hour and half drive in Atlanta’s traffic nightmares. Seems to me it could easily be 5-6am? standing in the dark, waiting for the child molesters and God know what else that would end their precious lives in an instant.

what about the trip home which would certainly include major delays,
which would now put a First grader arrivals home past 7pm or later. Hungry and Tired! Now I ask of you? are you willing to sacrifice your little precious ones to such a daily routine? and still remain confident they are getting the best education possible? what happens when one of the many TJ”S show up at school with a LASER GUIDED SCOPE Rifle, that the avid hunter Dad, just bought for him over the weekend? and he has a bag full of ammo?
and he is angry with both parents because someone angered him at school or home.

How would a POOR parent deal with such a situation then? Will you take that child home and feed him/her, hug and console, wipe the many frightened Tears from the eyes of that child, until the parent or family arrives for pick up?

I think you would be too filled with FEAR and apprehension to assist in such a Humane way. and I would say you would NEVER subject your kids to such a TRIAL. why would you ever expect another Parent to do what even you, yourself would refuse to do!

I ask of you and many others to ponder the thoughts of what other Parents may have to consider, when thinking of your ill advised Plans. This process is not as simple as many you here make it out to be…..THINK!

Centrist

March 26th, 2013
3:40 pm

Bernie pointed out so well that liberals view anyone else who is not a liberal as either the dregs of humanity or somebody they need to take care of with mostly non-liberals’ money.

Clutch Cargo

March 26th, 2013
3:51 pm

@Bernie

“This process is not as simple as many you here make it out to be…..THINK!”

We have thought about it,and the pain of what we have is greater than the pain of making a change.That’s why we’re for vouchers. Besides, you’re a hypocrite. I don’t see you complaining about the POOR getting a voucher for higher education. It’s called a Pell Grant.

Bernie, it’s days like today that make the struggle worthwhile.

Bernie

March 26th, 2013
3:54 pm

Centrist @ 3:40 pm – All of a sudden Things, Do not look as rosy and simple as many here would have you to believe. Life is Hard and living as one Nation can sometimes be harder. But we are Americans…we will figure this one out too…but the plan as suggested and implied will never work in a world application. Its too cumbersome and more expensive than what we have now! So it should be back to the drawing board…EINSTEINS!

Bernie

March 26th, 2013
4:18 pm

Clutch Cargo @ 3:51 pm _ You silly rabbit everyone knows that the numbers of those going to college are much smaller in numbers and that assistance makes sense. They are no longer children, but young adults waiting to enter the work force. There is a huge difference between the two.
Your simplistic elementry argument, proves your uncompassionate Lack of thought .in regards to this very serious matter, we all must deal with.

Freedom Works

March 26th, 2013
4:38 pm

Government schools promote the religion of the state. Nearly everyone who supports the government schools actively promotes this religion and worships on a regular basis. It is no less a mind-manipulating world view than Christianity or any other religion and in many ways is far more destructive of liberty and freedom.

The problem with vouchers is not that they will destroy the government school monopoly (oh if only wishes came true), it is that the powers that be will listen to every comment or similar that is written here and will tie the hands of private schools with the strings attached to the monies.

Face it, any system of vouchers will only result in exclusive private schools raising their tuition an equivalent amount to remain exclusive (or simply not taking the money if they are smart). Middle and lower priced schools will find themselves forced to take the money just to stay in business. With the money will come every bit of government baggage that currently hobbles the government schools and likely worse. Egalitarianism will win out again while the children lose and lose and lose.

Bottom line is that all of this money is stolen from taxpayers to support a system that clearly is not achieving a goal of educating students (though it most certainly is achieving a goal of dumbing down America and creating subservient citizens who worship the state religion – government). Until that funding mechanism is dismantled and parents are forced to be responsible for the education of their own children (with charitable assistance if needed), there is little hope that any rearrangement of the Titanic deck chairs will achieve anything better.

Tonya C.

March 26th, 2013
4:47 pm

But people are already voting with their feet. For those that can’t afford private school, they are moving to areas of people with similar ideals and values. How is this voucher program any different except that it expands opportunity? I get the argument of the less fortunate, I truly do. But having worked in APS for a time, there are a ton of internal issues in many minority and impoverished communities that need to be acknowledged and addressed.

I’m black BTW, so miss me with the whole self-hatred and hating poor people mess.