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  •  I partly agree. (0+ / 0-)

    It's reasonable to demand a majority of all parents before enacting a trigger, not just of those who voted.

    But what if a majority of all parents want to have a charter or a voucher? Why should they not be allowed this option?

    •  Because (1+ / 0-)
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      slatsg

      parents don't own schools. Didn't you read the post?

      •  I'm not asserting... (0+ / 0-)

        ...a property right. I'm just saying that we would get better results.

        The Food Stamp program is very successful. The Government gives poor people vouchers and they decide what to eat. Certain unhealthy foods are not allowed, but we do not force vegans to eat hamburger. We leave the choice to the families.

        The Section 8 housing program is also very successful. The government give poor families vouchers to rent housing. The housing must meet certain safety standards, but they do not force people without cars to live far from bus lines. They leave the choice to the families.

        Education is a public good that is provided to benefit Society -- not parents. I get that. I'm just saying that Society will get better results if they let parents, who know their kids best, have more control over it.

        Do you think it's an accident that rich families, who have the most control over how their kids are educated also get the best outcomes?

        •  rich kids get the best outcomes (0+ / 0-)

          because we as a nation refuse to fund schools to the level that they give the things that rich kid schools offer: attention to children's health and safety, small class sizes, well-rounded curriculum, access to services for children with developmental and language problems, opportunities to learn in extra curricular areas. It's really very simple and proven by research. No gimmicks like parent triggers required.

          •  That's not really true either (1+ / 0-)
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            In a lot of districts, the schools that serve poor children may actually get more money than the ones that serve the wealthier students. Yet the ones that serve the wealthier are always better scoring and better outcome schools. A lot of what you mentioned--attention to children's health, for instance, is something that is done by parents. Also an interesting stat for CPS is that wealthier students are more likely to be referred for SPED services--because they have primary care physicians who are able to diagnose quicker than the school is.

            And frankly, some schools in poorer areas decide to spend their extra funding in strange ways, like hiring more security guards than actually providing education.

    •  What of the non-parents? (0+ / 0-)

      Should they not also have a say? It's their school system too!

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