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  •  Wisconsin is being voucherized. (3+ / 0-)
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    hnichols, spacecadet1, verso2

    The state budget that was released this week contains a huge increase in the number of cities to be voucherized (sending kids and tax dollars from public schools into private schools), including a proposal for a statewide special needs voucher program that's even worse than the one that failed to pass last year.

    Here is what Milton Friedman had to say about vouchers in an astonishingly honest WaPo interview in 1995.  The title of the report as republished by the Cato Institute is:

    Public Schools: Make Them Private

    Lots of awful stuff in here, but here's something that gets at the heart of it (emphasis is mine):

    Vouchers are not an end in themselves; they are a means to make a transition from a government to a market system. The deterioration of our school system and the stratification arising out of the new industrial revolution have made privatization of education far more urgent and important than it was 40 years ago.

    Vouchers can promote rapid privatization only if they create a large demand for private schools to constitute a real incentive for entrepreneurs to enter the industry. That requires first that the voucher be universal, available to all who are now entitled to send their children to government schools, and second that the voucher, though less than the government now spends per pupil on education, be large enough to cover the costs of a private profit-making school offering a high-quality education. If that is achieved there will in addition be a substantial number of families that will be willing and able to supplement the voucher in order to get an even higher quality of education. As in all cases, the innovations in the "luxury" product will soon spread to the basic product.

    For this image to be realized, it is essential that no conditions be attached to the acceptance of vouchers that interfere with the freedom of private enterprises to experiment, to explore and to innovate.

    This is what it's ALL ABOUT, folks.

    If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

    by AnnieJo on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:55:09 AM PST

    •  If parents get to decide to have their tax dollars (1+ / 0-)
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      follow their children, then I want to decide where my tax dollars will go (and NOT go) even though it's been several decades since I've had children in school. I want my money funding secular public schools where science is taught as fact. I don't want one dime of my property tax money supporting the teaching of intelligent design. Maybe I should start calling science my religion to get equal consideration for my POV.

      The older I become, the more it comes home to me that I want good public schools now more than ever. I want schools good enough to keep kids interested and attending. The last thing I want is school dropouts wandering around looking for easy targets (me!) for picking up a few extra dollars on a grocery store parking lot. What I do want is a well-educated citizenry motivated to vote and accept civic ressponsibility in a thoughtful way.

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