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To: Lady Eileen
>>1. Vouchers spread the dependency attitude to independent families currently paying for their children's education.
No, vouchers put the money you are paying for your child's education out of the pockets of the government and back into yours
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2. Vouchers obscure the difference between parents who are willing to sacrifice to send their children to a private school from those who are unwilling to sacrifice. This means private schools will lower their standards of who gets in.
WOW is this an elitist attitude!!!
There is much more sacrifice to sending you child to a private school than just cash. In order to go to any of the private schools here, the parents have to commit to volunteer and attend the church a certain amount of time. If I had the money, my daughter would be there with all of our commitment. Not all parents would do that.
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3. By creating a flow of money from the state to private schools, vouchers pave a wide road for additional regulations and controls. "When you reach for the money is when they slip on the handcuffs."
A common control is to require voucher-redeeming schools to administer standardized tests. These tests, in effect, dictate the curriculum, as the private schools do not wish to have lower test scores than the "public" schools.
True.
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>>4. Other than expensive prep schools, private and religious schools that refuse to accept the voucher will lose a significant number of their students to voucher-redeeming schools. Many will face the choice of accepting the voucher and its controls or going out of business.

This is a matter of free enterprise. This won't happen if the people with the vouchers want it or do not care.
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>>The net result of these flaws is that private and religious schools will become more and more like the "public" schools. In effect, vouchers and other schemes of using tax funds for education will kill the goose that is laying the golden eggs of private education.

This remains to be seen.

38 posted on 06/09/2003 7:25:11 AM PDT by netmilsmom (God Bless our President, those with him & our troops)
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To: netmilsmom; steplock; Spiff; Aquinasfan
Sepschool--1. Vouchers spread the dependency attitude to independent families currently paying for their children's education.

netmilsmom--No, vouchers put the money you are paying for your child's education out of the pockets of the government and back into yours

Posted by Lady Eileen to Republic If You Can Keep It On News/Activism 04/28/2003 10:45 AM EDT #36 of 58

Republic If You Can Keep It : Vouchers are our only hope.

Lady Eileen: I hope not, because that is the same as saying government, which got us into the present mess, is our only hope. That's because in every voucher system, government politicians decide who gets what, when, how much, etc.

This is not the same as parents keeping their own money and deciding how to spend it on their children's education. The state is still controlling the money and handing it out on its own terms. Sure, vouchers are better than providing only one local school alternative. But they are not freedom. And they are not the state acknowledging its usurpation of parental authority. So they are a small bandaid on a wound that won't heal without surgery.

If we are wise, we won't be distracted from what should be our goal of complete eduational freedom from the state by the siren song of vouchers.

40 posted on 06/09/2003 7:38:28 AM PDT by Lady Eileen
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