Our school district is pushing forward on vouchers- parents will be able to take approx 4500 and use it towards private schooling. 13 of the 14 private schools in our county are religious based. Previous court rulings have upheld vouchers as long as no religion is excluded- it allows public funds for religious schools. Pell grants and other federal college loans allow students to attend private religious colleges. I am opposed because I think it will be challenged in court and cost our district a ton of money. Do you think mixing religion and politics like this sounds like a recipe for disaster?
Answer by Farmlady09 at 11:43 PM on Dec. 8, 2010
Answer by 2murphyboys at 12:03 AM on Dec. 9, 2010
Answer by MamaK88 at 2:34 PM on Dec. 9, 2010
Answer by Alanaplus3 at 2:09 AM on Dec. 9, 2010
Answer by Farmlady09 at 2:41 AM on Dec. 9, 2010
"When religion manifests its tenets in government, both democracy and modern science take a back seat to the voice of ancient rigid authority, and progress is halted. The importance of maintaining secular governments cannot be overstated, and we find increasing need to defend rational secularism before faith-based damage become insurmountable." - Paul Kurtz
Answer by MamaK88 at 2:30 PM on Dec. 9, 2010
I agree with MamaK and Alanaplus. That money should go toward improving the schools we have, rather than shelling it out to private institutions. The proposal to take that money and offer vouchers to private schools would create even more of a divide between the haves and have-nots. Private school would still be unattainable to those families who, even if $4500/year would help them afford private tuition, which on average costs over $8500/year, they would still have to find a way to manage transportation and meals. It would still be unattainable for most, and would only benefit those who were on the economic borderline. That would mean less money for the already impoverished school systems, who would then be able to provide even less to the students whose families can't, even with vouchers, afford private tuition.
Answer by jsbenkert at 3:06 PM on Dec. 10, 2010
Answer by Farmlady09 at 2:34 AM on Dec. 9, 2010
Answer by waldorfmom at 4:24 PM on Dec. 10, 2010