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  •  I wouldn't be quite so harsh on VT, though (2+ / 0-)
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    Linda Wood, elfling

    Our vouchers only apply to towns that have no public schools. When the town has fewer than 50 students from k-12, it's sort of silly to build an entire school for them. They are allowed to go to any other school of their choosing. The same amount of money is provided to each student - whether they attend public or private school. Unlike the national movement, this was the state's solution to the problem of towns where there simply weren't enough students to support a public school system.

    In addition, most of our high school students go to centralized schools hosting students from multiple towns. Our population is simply too low, overall, to be able to support k-12 in each town.

    •  Vouchers? (0+ / 0-)

      So does a "voucher" pay for a child to be educated, or is it a fixed dollar amount, your mileage may vary?  

      Governments contract with private companies for lots of stuff, and I'm not too concerned about doing it for schools as well, provided that the state ensures that every child gets a real education at virtually no cost to the parents.

      If all they're doing is limiting government outlays, damn the consequences, then that is abdication.  

      Frankly, I blame everything on Nixon.

      by J Orygun on Fri Jun 24, 2011 at 11:29:01 AM PDT

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      •  It's a fixed dollar amount. (1+ / 0-)
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        Linda Wood

        Each student is given the same ed dollars, no matter where you are in the state.

        Even if a town decided to raise additional ed taxes, those taxes would be fed into a statewide fund and divided evenly among all students.

        It has discouraged the "rich town with good schools/poor town with bad schools" dichotomy that you see in other states. All our public schools are decent, and our college attendance rate is among the best in the nation.

        The one exception to the rule: special needs students, who may get additional funding, if needed, for things like special equipment, an in-class au pair, specialized therapy, or other things needed to help them learn.

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