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Since launching in 2004, Washington, D.C.'s voucher program has helped send over 3,200 disadvantaged D.C. students to private school. The idea is simple enough: Parents receive a sum of taxpayer money to use to send their children to a better ...

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November 24, 2011  6:42pm

I noticed that the link I posted skipped a space.... sorry here is the correct link. ing-schools/ Thanks, Dave

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November 24, 2011  3:58pm

It is sad that America has drifted so far away from the majority of those who believe in God. Many schools refuse to teach about the Creation. Many parents have turned to Home Schooling as an alternative to the public school system. Parents that are unable to provide a home school or a private school option for their children need to be vigilant in the school system parent associations. Parent need to know what is contained in the curriculum their children are being taught. Parents should also take time each week to teach their children the values and core beliefs of their family. There is an article on home schooling here that sheds some light on home schooling. ools/ Many good points are made about the benefits gained by parents that are able to teach their own children.

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Philip Hudson

November 20, 2011  12:45am

Government sponsored school choice that includes religioius schools is unconstitutional and just plain wrong. With government aid comes government control. If a government school teaches Darwinian evolution it is its perogative. If a Christian school chooses to oppose Darwinian evolution then it must be allowed to do so. If the government funds Christian schools, where do they get their authority to teach? From the government, of course. This argument is a "no brainer." Let the Church be free. If the Church wants to teach its children then the Church should pay for it. What if a non-Christian religion should get government support? Do you want that?

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Mike P

November 16, 2011  6:50am

From a biblical perspective, the point isn't whether or not the voucher systems improve or don't improve "learning outcomes," test scores, or other measures of achievement. The point is that parents are biblically responsible for their children's education and if they don't want to use the public schools, they should be provided some financial relief from paying for a service (public education) they are not using. One could argue that public education provides a benefit beyond the education of one's own child; therefore, every citizen should contribute. Fair enough. But at the same time, private school parents should be provided some relief through tax credit or voucher so they can use their own money to fund their children's education in a way that they deem best. Moreover, academic achievement, especially for a Christian is not the only measure of a successful education: character and godliness are essential. For many Christian parents, the public schools are not conducive to these.

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Gee Lowe

November 15, 2011  8:02pm

For education, I m pro choice.

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Christian Lawyer

November 14, 2011  11:59pm

Left out of the description of the Dept. of Ed's study is the other half of the results: "winning a lottery for a private school scholarship did NOT have statistically significant effects on reading and math achievement." (Emphasis added.) Similarly, while CT reports that the Center on Education Policy, which found no evidence of dramatic improvement for voucher students, is "pro public education," CT left out the fact that the Friedman Institute, which found vouchers improve student outcomes, was actually established "to promote universal school choice." It's hard to believe anything CT reports when its writers so clearly cherry-pick facts. Finally, why does CT post a picture accompanying this article that prominently features the multiply-disgraced, terminally-corrupt, and too-often drug-addled former Mayor of DC, Marion Berry. You really want him as your poster-child for support for vouchers? BTW, charter schools in my state (FL) regularly underperform public schools.

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Ron Zoutendam MD

November 14, 2011  6:08pm

Unfortunately, the "free market" does not work as well for education (nor for medical care) as it does for food, clothing, and "hard goods". True, vouchers help raise the quality for many, but the disenfranchised, still must settle for the "bottom of the barrel" and broken public schools will be further jeopardized by lack of funds, lack of "good raw material (motivated students) and lack of will. I fear that Obamacare does the same thing, namely throwing medical care to the mercies of the free insurance market. RLZMD

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Adam Shields

November 14, 2011  10:29am

Seems like the pro and con sides of the debate are interested in different things (as is usually the case.) The pro side is interested in parental choice and parent involvement. The con side seems to be interested in the average student growth. My reading of the research is that school choice helps those students that have highly involved parents and motivated students (while overall hurting those that are left behind). I am not opposed to school choice, but I think we need more research. About half of the local charter schools in our area have been closed because they are actually performing lower than the poor performing local schools that they are supposed to be replacing. Schools are hard, good ideas are just not enough.

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