View Poll Results: Do you support school vouchers for public school children to attend private schools?

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  • Yes. I generally support any voucher program.

    21 45.65%
  • Yes, but only if the funds come from private programs, not government.

    3 6.52%
  • Yes, but only if the students are smart enough.

    3 6.52%
  • Yes, if the conditions under options 2 AND 3 are met.

    2 4.35%
  • No. I generally do not support any voucher program.

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    Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/grammar)

    A voucher program would basically give money to poorer families to attend private schools. Do you support an idea like this? I am still on the fence about it.
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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    Quote Originally Posted by Lakryte View Post
    A voucher program would basically give money to poorer families to attend private schools. Do you support an idea like this? I am still on the fence about it.
    Yes I do support voucher programs. Tax payer money pays for public education.Therefore parents should be reimbursed the cost of education if they wish to send their child to a private school. Why should any parent be told to **** off if they want to use that money that is usually taken out for public education be spent on private education. If you pay for something that is usually funded with tax payer dollars you should be reimbursed for it,sure there are some exceptions to that,for example you shouldn't be fully reimbursed if you decide to send your child to the most expensive private school on the planet.
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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    Quote Originally Posted by Lakryte View Post
    A voucher program would basically give money to poorer families to attend private schools. Do you support an idea like this? I am still on the fence about it.

    EDIT: The poll didn't work. I don't know why.
    NO. 1. There is no evidence that private schools perform better than public schools.
    2. Since 95% of private schools are sectarian, it is basically a way to fund church schools with public money.
    3. The government will still have to fund public schools for all the students the private schools reject, the private school rejected students are usually the more expensive to educate, the handicapped, the special-needs students, and they will have to do it with less money per student.
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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    Quote Originally Posted by Lakryte View Post
    A voucher program would basically give money to poorer families to attend private schools. Do you support an idea like this? I am still on the fence about it.
    I do not except in extreme cases, like overcrowding and consistant poor school ratings. In those case, vouchers should be given to any parent that wants them until the particular school district has made the necessary improvements.

    I say that as someone who went to and sent my child to private schools at different times, and neither me nor my parents were wealthy.

    Paying for schools is like paying for highways and other gov services, it's simply something we all do as citizens, even if we don't use a particular service.

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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    I do not support government funded voucher programs. That money should be directed to the public school system to help make improvements.

    How does giving money to private schools make public schools better?
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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    Quote Originally Posted by Lakryte View Post
    A voucher program would basically give money to poorer families to attend private schools. Do you support an idea like this? I am still on the fence about it.
    Yes, I am a big proponent of vouchers. However, I think we should test it out with high schools before we try it with primary schools.
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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    Quote Originally Posted by OKgrannie View Post
    NO. 1. There is no evidence that private schools perform better than public schools.
    It depends where you live. If you live in an upper-middle class neighborhood with decent public schools, that may very well be true. I went to a public school here in Ohio, because the local Catholic school was definitely inferior.

    However, in most places I think you'll find the opposite. I'm moving back to DC next week...the public schools there (even in the affluent parts of the District) are downright horrible. But there are plenty of top-notch private schools.

    Quote Originally Posted by OKgrannie
    2. Since 95% of private schools are sectarian, it is basically a way to fund church schools with public money.
    I think there are a couple ways around that problem where we could still have vouchers. First of all, the religious schools could be required to self-finance (or charge tuition) for whatever proportion of their curriculum is religious in nature. For example, if there are 7 classes per day and 1 of them is religion, the students/schools would be responsible for at least 1/7 of the tuition. And the government could provide a voucher for no more than 6/7 of the tuition.

    Alternatively, we could just limit vouchers to secular private schools. There might not be very many of them now, but I'm sure a lot more of them will start popping up if vouchers can be used there.

    Quote Originally Posted by OKgrannie
    3. The government will still have to fund public schools for all the students the private schools reject, the private school rejected students are usually the more expensive to educate, the handicapped, the special-needs students, and they will have to do it with less money per student.
    I'm confused by what you mean. There are already special private schools for the handicapped and other special-needs students. Not all private schools are focused on "rejecting" all but the best students.

    I don't see how this would mean there was less money per student. Yes, some money that was devoted toward public schools would instead go toward vouchers...but there would also be fewer students for the public schools to worry about.
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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    Quote Originally Posted by OKgrannie View Post
    NO. 1. There is no evidence that private schools perform better than public schools.
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    I learned far more than I did in my Catholic private grade school than I did in my public high school. In 5th grade we covered things that public school only skimmed on in 12th grade. May not be 'evidence' but that's good enough for me to know better than to send my daughter to a public school around here.
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    Re: Are you in favor of vouchers for children to attend private schools? (high/gramma

    Yes.

    I am of the opinion that doing so will improve education, if implimented correctly.
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