Another irrational statement against school vouchersLaurence M. Vance makes a great argument against school vouchers. The only problem is that he ignores and misstates the facts. There are a number of trials in a number of states that have proven that vouchers work for the students that use them. They also show that there is a tendancy to improve the local schools when enacted.... precisely because (IMHO) the local school generally looses some per student funding for every who is moved to a private school under the local school voucher program. It is true that the local school system has never, to my knowledge, lost funding year over year because of a voucher but that is only because the increase that would have otherwise been bestowed exceeded the lost revenue due to the very limited trials.
I have no children. I do pay taxes, and lots of them. If it comes to a vote that my taxes need to go up to provide a decent education for inner city poor kids, (and let us not kid each other this is what we are talking about, my kids if I had them would be just fine) I would vote for it. At the end of the day that is not the question as the average cost of a good education at a local private school is generally less than the cost of the horrifically poor education in most inner city schools. What is at stake is the jobs of a bunch of grifting beaurocrats from assistant principle to elected board members that make 6 figure incomes they don't deserve (given the performance of the institutions they run) for the opportunity to get even larger kickbacks. The second thing that is in jeopardy is the power of the teachers unions (amazingly the private schools which actually teach kids the 3 R's generally don't have unions). The third thing at stake.... hold on to your hats..... is the future of this country in the form of an educated next generation as opposed to a bunch of illiterates with meaningless diplomas.
That last one is the only one I care about. I grew up on a small family farm. Those days are gone. Having an educated population is the only thing that will keep this country from turning into Mexico..... shares our border, has great natural resources and has massive poverty and double digit unemployment for the last couple decades.