Jetset, you raise interesting questions, my responses :
Originally posted by Jet Set Junta@Oct 23 2003, 02:09 PM
MD Jet, your post made good points and the ones I've heard time and again in the past. But, as people are so quick to point out with most "liberal" fixes, it seems to ignore a lot of the realities outside the box:
A - Who pays for and organizes the transportation for the "poor but concerned" inner city parent who wishes to use a voucher for their kid? That costs a lot more money than simple bus routes that feed to the local school. You criticize "funding education" as a "band-aid" solution when in fact there's an infinite number of [good and bad] ways to fund things, but are advocating a "solution" that basically dooms and screws anyone "left behind" in the "bad" schools.
B - What happens to all of the schools with students "left behind" because of greedy and/or unconcerned parents? Do those become warzones? prisons? The same ideology that insists a child HAS to be born if it was conceived seems to have no problem leaving the children of bad parents (let alone the unlucky children of parents who aren't successful in the voucher lottery) to suffer in an inner city school that would only be further ravaged by vouchers. And what of the teachers who are stuck there who are not getting the (admittedly corrupt and byzantine) union perks due to lack of seniority?
C - How do you ensure all schools have even enrollment, other than to reject a large percentage of vouchers if there's a clear lopsided "preference" of which schools kids SHOULD be sent to instead of their local feeder?
Look, I agree the teachers unions are too beaurocratic and corrupt for their own good. Throwing money at a problem, however, should NOT necessarily mean throwing money directly at the beaurocracy without demanding and enforcing some reform. I'd welcome a candidate from either side of the aisle who has sincere plans to cut administrative overhead WITHOUT necessarily cutting the programs that directly benefit the student. But "No Child Left Behind" has been a complete joke 3 years into Bush's term.
I think there needs to be a way to get schools to compete for funding and special projects instead of just competing for students from anywhere in the county. Whether it be in the form of tax breaks for those district parents, or more slush funding for luxuries once the basic standards of behavior and education are met across the county.
This probably needs its own thread since it came off another "WMD" post...