We've been talking about doing that for how many decades now? We've been poring money on the public school system, trying all kinds of different things. If I recall correctly, about $10,000 a year is spent to "educate" a child in the D.C. school system.
This has all done no good. It has all been so much bullshit and waste. Thousands upon thousands of lives have been ruined.
I think the public schools can compete -- if they are made to. That is the one thing that has not yet been tried. Not in any serious way.
Vouchers would do that. That is why the NEA is so opposed to them. They would have to get off their butts and go to work. Like the rest of us.
If you had a kid in the public schools in D.C., you wouldn't want to wait another twenty years for the problem to get "worked out" by a bunch of bureaucrats who are mainly concerned with their health benefits and their vacation time.
You'd want it done tomorrow morning. Tuesday morning at the latest.
But I am saying vouchers are not going to fix it - vouchers will only ruin the private schools we have. It is not being suggested and would not be implemented for the good of all children - just 'qualified' children and that does not mean middle-income, working taxpaying people. It never has and never will.
I am not willing to pour more sand down the rathole by giving vouchers to people. People in failing school districts have the same voter clout and same voices as people in any other school district. You said it yourself, money is not the issue. Why don't these parents get in there and do something.
I just want the politicians to be honest and upfront about this. I truly believe big campaign contributors all over this country have the blueprints drawn up for their 'private' schools that will be getting this voucher money.
To me, the voucher issue is no different than the 'we need more money for the schools'. Just because it comes from the Republicans doesn't make it right or good -except for them.
When the government seems to offer money -be very wary - it is never, never to your advantage - unless of course you are one of the big guys.