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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    For each student, that opts for a voucher, the public school, that would have had to fund their education, gains (keeps) 20% of that funding but now must spend nothing on that vouchered student's education.
    If I choose to buy a Ford automobile, should 20% of the purchase price go to General Motors instead of to Ford?

    Does GM deserve to “win” by any other means than by offering a good enough product at a good enough price to compete honestly with Ford?
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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Frankly I think those comparisons are absurd. Companies typically don't choose to locate in a city or state because of good manners or the stylish shoes worn by the residents. Just like good roads, airports, sea ports, railways, energy infrastructure and so on, a skilled an educated workforce directly relates to the economic competitiveness of a city, state, or nation. For example, why do you think tech companies locate in areas like the Research Triangle, Silicon Valley, or Seattle? It is because of the skilled and educated workforce in those areas. It is no different than a shipping company operating out of Memphis because of the transportation infrastructure there.
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    Companies rely on on pools of skilled labour and is another despite having the highest taxes in North America, Quebec's economy is still growing. Quebec is a centre of high tech and knowledge industries because their school system is the best in Canada and can turn out well educated graduates.
    If it's an educated workforce you are after, I still don't buy that monopoly socialized schools with no competition are going to produce a better educated workforce than private schools competing with each other.

    As an aside, I find it somewhat disturbing that the poor should be taxed in order to subsidize corporations with educated workers.

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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Federalist View Post
    If it's an educated workforce you are after, I still don't buy that monopoly socialized schools with no competition are going to produce a better educated workforce than private schools competing with each other.

    As an aside, I find it somewhat disturbing that the poor should be taxed in order to subsidize corporations with educated workers.
    Well first of all it makes public schools compete against each other. All of the top schools here in Canada are public. It is how the economy works, having a well educated populace benefits everyone.

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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Federalist View Post
    Any particular charter school could perform better or worse. However, competition between firms is what eliminates failures and allows successful firms to continue operating.

    If it turns out that the local public school offers the best quality at the lowest price, then that is the school that will attract the most customers.
    Again - that is theory and the way it is suppose to be. In real life, it does not always work out that way as it can take years for a weak charter school to be exposed with data.
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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    Well first of all it makes public schools compete against each other. All of the top schools here in Canada are public. It is how the economy works, having a well educated populace benefits everyone.
    School choice will afford parents (especially low income parents) better options for educating their children. They won't be stuck with whatever socialized government school happens to be provided by their community.

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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Again - that is theory and the way it is suppose to be. In real life, it does not always work out that way as it can take years for a weak charter school to be exposed with data.
    I would prefer to allow the parents choice when it comes to their children's education, rather than impose a choice on them.

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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Federalist View Post
    School choice will afford parents (especially low income parents) better options for educating their children. They won't be stuck with whatever socialized government school happens to be provided by their community.
    They don't have to, they can go to another school the other school will gladly take them and their money. We also have four school boards that compete for students. If I wanted to I could go to school in the next town over. Schools here are funded per student by the province not through local taxes.

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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    They don't have to they can go to another school the other school will gladly take them and their money. We also have four school boards that compete for students. If I wanted to I could go to school in the nest town over.
    It sounds like you have the system that people in the US are asking for.

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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Federalist View Post
    It sounds like you have the system that people in the US are asking for.
    Well then why don't people campaign on that? Though I have no idea how you would create competing school boards since the competing school boards are francophone.

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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Absolutely. People should have a selection where they can educate their child. The only people that oppose this are statists that don't want competition between schools. Taking someone's money then forcing their kid to go to an inferior school when a better one is available is distinctly anti-liberty.
    Schools shouldn't be in the public sector in the first place.

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