School choice report

A new study by the Friedman Foundation reviews and grades the various school choice programs around the nation. Among the programs that were reviewed is Georgia’s new scholarship program from children with special needs, which is the only real low mark the program here in Georgia received. The scholarships are only available to a specific group, not all children.

Georgia’s special needs scholarships were second to the overwhelmingly successful McKay Scholarships (Florida).

You can download the full report here.

And just because it’s interesting, here is Stupid in America, John Stossel’s report on education:

H/T: Club for Growth

17 comments

  1. Lorie says:

    There are major differences between GA and FL. Florida already had prexisting school for the special needs children. The one appropriate school in GA is $2700 per MONTH. Our voucher from the school would have been $7000 yearly. The faith based and “reading” school were more geared toward ADHD and did not have the qualifications of a high function autistic child. Unless the child had a slight reading problem or ADHD, they were more likely to be accepted into the lower cost schools.

    And since last year, I’ve had to hand them a copy of “Autism for Dummies” just so they know what they need to educate my child. If I had the money, I would send him to this school BUT many children w/ autism don’t get accepted. Even this school is very selective. It’s all about the fit. So back to public school.

  2. Bill_k says:

    “School choice” has always been around. It’s called private school. Public school was created for children who couldn’t afford (or weren’t permitted) to attend private school. School vouchers and other such programs drain money from public schools without fixing the basic problem. Private and charter schools pick only the kids they want, depriving public schools of their intelligent and motivated students. So public schools starve while public funds go to schools that aren’t as well monitored.

    Georgia public schools have devoted extensive resources to special needs children. They are required by law to work with these kids. My child has mild autism. He was disruptive in his private pre-school and they told us he was no longer welcome there. How would vouchers have helped me there? I transferred him to the local public school for special needs children and was impressed with the dedication and the professional work there.

    We need to work to improve public schools, not abandon them.

    As for Stupid in America, that just describes Stossel and his shoddy reporting.
    http://mediamatters.org/items/200601200003

  3. Harry says:

    More school choice window dressing may have to wait for a future legislative term. Voters don’t realize or simply don’t care how degraded our schools have become, and the causes thereof.

  4. GOPeach says:

    This is why I strongly support homeschooling or attend homeschool co-op classes. FYI – tomorrow Feb. 14 is HOMESCHOOL DAY at the Capital. I suggest bloggers go down and see how wonderful these students are.
    http://www.ghea.org/

    In addition … I suggest everyone read this free e-book: http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/

    ” The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America” was written by Charlotte Iserbyt (Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration)

    Charlotte Iserbyt first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America’s classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa. Iserbyt is a speaker and writer, best known for her 1985 booklet Back to Basics Reform or OBE: Skinnerian International Curriculum and her 1989 pamphlet Soviets in the Classroom: America’s Latest Education Fad which covered the details of the U.S.-Soviet and Carnegie-Soviet Education Agreements which remain in effect to this day. She is a freelance writer and has had articles published in Human Events, The Washington Times, The Bangor Daily News, and included in the record of Congressional hearings.

  5. Bill_k says:

    Jason,

    If you feel that Media Matters made some mistakes in their review of Stossel then say what they are. I found quite a few sites pointing out all the mistakes in Stossel’s report. MM was just the most detailed.

    If you think Stossel is a good example of objective reporting then can I interest you in a bridge in New York?

  6. voucher tester says:

    Ga parents need to know that the truth about the SN Voucher. (SB10 Special Needs Scholarship, voucher)
    We sadly were quick to try this new program. Our child has been in a school that functions like a babysitting service.
    My very intelligent child was not being educated 🙁
    The parent of difficult kids don’t get called about their disruptive kids, so it’s a win win for those types of families.

    Teachers just quit after school started. My child had to put up with terroristic threats all day long. Violent chidren were tolerated.
    I am shocked at what little education took place. The rare time work was done it was several, several grade levels lower than where my child was at.

    Parents please please look before you leap.
    Private schools are getting away with this in GA and the children suffer.
    Public schools have issues, yes, however none of the above issues are allowed in public schools.

    Things that are allowed in this private school would have made the nightly news has it been a public school.

    Accountability is, for the most part, in place in public school.
    Look before you leap…….
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  7. Lorie says:

    Thank you Voucher Tester. I was opposed to SB10. Which is why I never took advantage of it. There was no accountability and would have to give up my child’s rights.

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