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  •  But what if the public schools are terrible? (0+ / 0-)

    Really, what then?

    We just had six of our nine school board members fired by the governor for gross mismanagement and irresponsibility.  The district superintendent and other high ranking administrators have been corrupt for years, with several currently under indictment or serving time.  The entire district is now being threatened with losing its accreditation.  

    This prolonged nightmare has fouled the schools as well.  Good principals and teachers have left.  Innovative programs have been shelved.  Some schools are almost empty, while others are bursting, but no one has the political courage to do what needs to be done.

    Are my kids supposed to wait another five years for the district's management to get its act together?  No thanks.

    My son's experience in the middle school was soul sucking.  When two years later our younger one was slated to go the MS, we bailed rather than repeat the nightmare.  

    Anyhow, your dream of banning private schools is ridiculously far fetched.  Maybe in some utopia they wouldn't be needed.  But we are a long, long way from that destination.  Make the schools attractive to all students (which is hard, given their diversity of needs), and you will see private school attendance fall off.  We would certainly be pleased not to be compelled to spend the megabucks we lay out each year.

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