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  •  boy you have trouble reading (2+ / 0-)
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    fuzzyguy, Mostel26

    some parents are not citizens and not allowed to vote - if you let them vote on a parent trigger you are allowing them while citizens who are paying taxes cannot

    that is a side issue

    all constituents should have a say in the expenditures for public education -  I am not a parent, but half of the taxes on my home go for my local public schools.  Allowing less than 10% of the families in our jurisdiction to direct how the taxes of all of us are spent is fundamentally undemocratic.  If you cannot understand that, then I wonder why you are on a Democratic blog.  Are you like those Republicans who want to argue those not paying federal income taxes should not be allowed to vote, even though Republicans in the past strongly supported both the EITC and the child care credit that contribute so much to lowering the adjusted gross income of so many below the threshold for income taxes.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 06:58:21 AM PDT

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    •  I think mentioning immigrants (3+ / 0-)

      was not a good way to make your argument, especially because I suspect immigrants are not that large a portion of parents...the main difference between the universe of voters and the universe of families with children in school is simply that not all adults have children, and those who do only have children in school for a limited time, i.e. approximately 7 years per child out of an adult lifespan of ~60 years.

      Just because one is not a parent doesn't mean one doesn't have an interest in public schools...good schools are a prerequisite to a prosperous community. A community where kids are engaged and learning is a community where crime is low and businesses have no trouble finding qualified potential employees.

      Unfortunately the prevalence of Reaganism has convinced people that anything that is public...that is shared with the community at worthless by definition.

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 08:17:46 AM PDT

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    •  Common theme with M-Man (0+ / 0-)

      He's beed duped and is beyond the intellectual pale. One hopes he'll come around eventually like Diane Ravitch did.

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