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Re: “School choice bill draws criticism from superintendents, governor

Vanessa, parents may have many reasons to choose private schools, and private schools are an option now that many parents feel is the best solution for their family. This is not removing that option. Private schools may have the ability to be ran in ways that you described, but many of those traits you listed would be evident and thus a parent who valued diversity, science, etc. would not send their child there. It is still the parents choice. I dont think anyone would want to "Force" through lack of options, parents to have their child go to a school with a program that performs weak when there are better performing options. When I select a product or service, I do research to find the best that suits me, my family, and my budget. Schools should be no different. If you needed a toothbrush and the local store only sold brass bristled brushes, you would likely search and spend your money elsewhere, that is the beauty of a choice. Some parents see value in STEM schools and others in Liberal Arts, thus the options are there. Just like universities provide specialties, and students go to schools based on their desired goals. This bill is related to funding, and providing an option for those who chose private school, regardless of reason, to retain or benefit from money that they have paid into the system to return back to them instead of being redistributed to the state for use in who knows what.

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Posted by WPrimary on 01/27/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “School choice bill draws criticism from superintendents, governor

If a parent sends their child to private school, and pays property tax, their money is just given over to the general fund. If all schools are performing on an equal level, then a private school presents no real advantage over public, and no reason to switch. Conversely, if you put public schools head to head with private, and private proves head and shoulders above public, I can see a mass movement to private. Creating a competitive environment would ensure public schools are doing their best vs. operating with relative comfort and having a safety net.

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Posted by WPrimary on 01/27/2017 at 2:31 PM

 

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