4 thoughts on “Party Like It’s 1999!

  1. Linda/Retired Teacher

    I “hate” the idea of private school vouchers because I am an American citizen who prefers that my tax dollars to go to public schools. I like the idea of separation of church and state. I am not opposed to private school scholarships that are sponsored by individuals, institutions or corporations. In fact I pay the tuition for three impoverished children myself. I also favor public school vouchers.

    So it’s not just “education interest groups” that are opposed to private school vouchers. Many of us are just ordinary citizens who want our tax dollars to go to public schools.

  2. kathy

    yes, but if you’re a DC resident and parent of school-aged children, it’s nice to have choice. Many of my friends’ children are recipients of these vouchers. Has allowed them to atleast be in smaller schools,without the chaos that is DCPS. I’m a fierce campion of public ed, but a safe enviroment is literally life saving for some of the neighborhoods (physical and emotional violence). Rhee is just not going to attract quality teachers – not her fault. I’ve watched two generations of students not being served by DC public schools

  3. Linda/Retired Teacher

    I do agree that the children need a safe place to learn. To me, the perfect compromise would be public charter schools, magnet schools, scholarships and vouchers to public schools outside of the city. Once public tax money is allowed to be used for private schools, we’re going to see all kinds of religious academies. This has been done in other countries, but it really goes against American ideals.

    I’m a Catholic who definitely supports Catholic schools, but I don’t think it’s right to ask other citizens to pay for them; nor do I want to pay for schools sponsored by other religions.

  4. Billy Bob

    Gee-maybe the govt and giant corporations ought to do something about poverty. You provide employment and a livable wage to people and lessen the pernicious effects of generational poverty, then you have a chance to build a functional ed system in DC. Without addressing the issue of poverty, there is no chance.

    But we won’t address it because it costs too much money and people like to blame others for not pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps.

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