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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Blaylock View Post
    Isn't the purpose of taxpayer funding of education to insure that poor children have a comparable chance at a decent education to that which wealthier children have?

    And doesn't the principle that you just defended defeat this purpose?

    If all we're going to gain by having taxpayer-funded schooling is to tie the quality of a child's education to the income level of the neighborhood in which that child lives, then why don't we just do away with taxpayer-funded schools entirely, cut out the government middleman, and leave it to parents to pay directly for their own children's schooling out of their own incomes (which would then no longer be reduced by the amount that government taxes them to pay for education)?

    Schools are typically paid for out of the property tax which is tied to the local district. That is to say, the local residents pay for the local school. It's not like public schools are paid for by a giant pot of gold in Washington DC.

    That's why wealthier areas typically have nicer public schools. Those schools get more tax revenue because the revenue they derive comes directly from the surrounding neighborhoods.

    This voucher system and all the talk about bussing kids in from the inner city is just going to upset the apple cart.

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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Yeah, but private schools will still need to meet certain standards. For example, religious schools must still teach evolution, sex ed, etc.

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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire X View Post
    Yeah, but private schools will still need to meet certain standards. For example, religious schools must still teach evolution, sex ed, etc.
    I don't think they do. Or are you saying that's your opinion on how it should be?

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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlbqOwl View Post
    As I said, for those willing financially able to provide a top notch education for the kids, it's a win win proposition all the way around.
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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I don't think they do. Or are you saying that's your opinion on how it should be?
    I'm saying that's how it should be.

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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    Actually, most private schools provide a better education at lower cost per student than do public schools. So, if my county gave me a voucher equaling what they spend per student, I'd have about $3,500 extra per kid, per year.
    Only because private reject the kids they don't want. If they were stuck taking any student that walks in the door, they wouldn't do any better than public schools. In fact, there's some evidence to suggest that private schools don't even do as good as public schools when they can't screen their students.
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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire X View Post
    I'm saying that's how it should be.
    OK. No, we allow for the freedom of religion in this country. Thanks for sharing your opinion though.

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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    OK. No, we allow for the freedom of religion in this country. Thanks for sharing your opinion though.
    Freedom of religion =/= freedom from education

    If the government is going to require schooling, it certainly needs to require for the sciences to be taught properly. As for sex ed, that is necessary for public health reasons. Crappy parents don't always teach their kids those things.

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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire X View Post
    Freedom of religion =/= freedom from education

    If the government is going to require schooling, it certainly needs to require for the sciences to be taught properly.
    And the law.

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    Re: Do you support school choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Hell no.

    Good public schools are a big reason why certain property values are high. People want to live in the good school districts so that their kids can go there and get a good education, so they pay a premium for it.

    If you start bussing kids in from the inner city, that crashes the property values in pretty much every suburban development in America.

    Screw that.
    Isn't the purpose of taxpayer funding of education to insure that poor children have a comparable chance at a decent education to that which wealthier children have?

    And doesn't the principle that you just defended defeat this purpose?

    If all we're going to gain by having taxpayer-funded schooling is to tie the quality of a child's education to the income level of the neighborhood in which that child lives, then why don't we just do away with taxpayer-funded schools entirely, cut out the government middleman, and leave it to parents to pay directly for their own children's schooling out of their own incomes (which would then no longer be reduced by the amount that government taxes them to pay for education)?
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