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  1. BubbaRich says:

    Of course, voucher programs have not allowed poorer children to enter private schools in any place around this country, they have been a welfare program for churches. The same kids go to church schools, but the tuition goes up.

    Senator Johnson needs to explain why this bill is more likely to succeed than every previous failed attempt. Unless, of course, his goal is to give churches more welfare, in which case he is very likely to succeed.

  2. Jason Pye says:

    Of course, voucher programs have not allowed poorer children to enter private schools in any place around this country, they have been a welfare program for churches.

    Tell that to the kids in Milwaukee and Washington, DC.

  3. BubbaRich says:

    Speaking of Milwaukee, they just did a study on the results of 18 years of this program. Good timing, Sen. Johnson and Jason!

    http://www.madison.com/tct/opinion/column/guest/276079

    Here’s a study that came out last fall about problems with the DC voucher system, such as schools lying about things like “having a gym,” schools lacking basic safety like occupancy permits, and other basic failures in the group hired by congress to oversee the program. And, speaking of overturning educational monopolies, this company was the ONLY ONE to even apply to manage the voucher program. Maybe they need more tax money to educate kids properly.

    That brings up another problem with the voucher program: the private schools will not accept and/or educate any of the millions of chidren with disabilities. Here’s a story from a couple of years ago that talks about this:

    http://www.adawatch.org/SanFranciscoChronicle.htm

    There are a couple of studies that find some score improvement, from African-Americans only, for some reason, in the DC program. These studies compare students who change schools under the voucher program to students who don’t change schools. These studies don’t attempt to control for the single biggest effect in education, parental involvement, which is likely high in families who move their kids to private schools.

    However, I’m not against the idea that such effects might be present with such a program. But I am against welfare for churches, and there is plenty of evidence that voucher programs are just this. Wisconsin avoided ANY sort of study to check the success of their program until last year, and it showed no success at all, even after a couple of decades of vouchers.

  4. boyreporter says:

    Vouchers are, indeed, welfare (more) for churches who already get off tax free while they teach kids all about superstitions and fear. Vouchers are godsends for antedeluvian politicians and parents who dislike the idea of public schools and want to “starve the beast.”

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