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Sun Jun 1, 2014, 07:32 PM

Which do you support more: Our taxpayer dollars going to public schools or going to charter schools?

Charter schools are free, and they can’t discriminate against students because of their race, gender, or disability. However, parents must usually submit a separate application to enroll a child in a charter school. Charter schools have the option in accepting a child or not due to limited space and may expel a child for performing poorly. Charter schools are independently run, and many are operated by for-profit private companies.

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Charter schools funded with taxpayer dollars
0 (0%)
Public Schools funded with taxpayer dollars
13 (81%)
Both
3 (19%)
Abolish schools! We don't need no education!
0 (0%)
None of the above
0 (0%)
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Reply Which do you support more: Our taxpayer dollars going to public schools or going to charter schools? (Original post)
Crow Jun 2014 OP
fools_gold Jun 2014 #1
exindy Jun 2014 #2
Crow Jun 2014 #3
exindy Jun 2014 #4
Crow Jun 2014 #5
Juan Rico Jun 2014 #6
Crow Jun 2014 #9
Juan Rico Jun 2014 #10
Major Danger Jun 2014 #13
graham4anything4HC45 Jun 2014 #7
Lefty Jun 2014 #8
tanklvhi Jun 2014 #11
Major Danger Jun 2014 #12
reticle Jun 2014 #14
BBB Jun 2014 #15

Response to Crow (Original post)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 07:49 PM

1. I would prefer that how other people

choose to educate their children were none of my business.

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Response to Crow (Original post)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 08:07 PM

2. Totally opposed to the privatization of public functions

If the charter operators think they have a better formula, bring it up in a school district, do a pilot and see if it's better. If it is, adopt it nationwide. Note: nationwide. States and localities know what's best? Hogwash. Tell that to the kid from podunk flunking out of Stanford cause he starts behind.

The biggest problem I have is accountability. If the public school is failing, you have a recourse. You can insist on tutoring, special education facilities, etc.

If the charter fails your child? What? Move back to public schools? Is there a refund?

From all the statistics I've seen the success or failure of charters is pretty much the same as for public schools. Differs by school and demographics.

Last point is that way too many charters use public infrastructure and by doing so skew the cost analysis. The public school has to cover them and then they wave their cheaper banner.

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Response to exindy (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 08:15 PM

3. I completely agree

I reside in a state where the governor is hell-bent on gutting public education funding and giving it to charters where in the end the only ones that are benefitting are the private companies, not the children.

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Response to Crow (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 08:20 PM

4. Vouchers too, I'll bet. n/t

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Response to exindy (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 08:33 PM

5. Voucher expansion continues here

and research continues to show public school students performing better.

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Response to Crow (Original post)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 09:06 PM

6. In either case, the school is being publicly funded, and the parents get to choose.

What's not to like?

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Response to Juan Rico (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 10:27 PM

9. Where I am

Wealthy upper class families who were already paying for their children to go to exclusive private schools are now getting it payed for by taxpayers under the latest voucher expansion program and they didn't even need to apply. Sweet deal huh?

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Response to Crow (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 10:36 PM

10. Vouchers are still publicly funded education. The parents just get to choose the school which has

earned the right to those dollars.

Sweet deal huh?

You betcha. Choice is a good thing.

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Response to Juan Rico (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 2, 2014, 12:29 AM

13. I missed the part where those vouchers continue until the end of time.

What happens when the public schools close and budget minded poiticians decide the voucher system is a waste of taxpayer money? We all know it's coming.

I guess the choice then is to choose an upper level management position so you can send your children to private acadamies. Unfortunately, the new bracket will mean an increase in your taxes, so you may not want to do that..

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Response to Crow (Original post)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 09:47 PM

7. Public Schools. Against privatization as much as possible.

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Response to Crow (Original post)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 10:02 PM

8. K12.com/free ...this may be the future.

I already know some kids who are upping their grade level using this.

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Response to Crow (Original post)

Sun Jun 1, 2014, 11:05 PM

11. Charter schools are a corporate scam...

I don't care what they do ON THEIR OWN DIME - but NOT ONE PENNEY of taxpayers funds should be allowed to go to them...

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Response to Crow (Original post)

Mon Jun 2, 2014, 12:23 AM

12. Charter schools are designed to eliminate funding for public education.

After the public schools close because of under-enrollment, as several have done around here, we'll see the vouchers run out on the charter schools. The idea is to end membership in teacher unions that just happen to be one of the biggest annual donors to democratic politicians these days.

The same thing happened to the UAW through outsourcing a couple decades back. They used to be the largest bloc of donors in their day.

Who's next, the Teamsters?

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Response to Crow (Original post)

Mon Jun 2, 2014, 05:58 AM

14. Charter schools..

... have been around long enough now that we know the truth about them. They do not perform any better, and are often worse, than public schools. There is simply no reason for them to exist at all, they had there chance to prove themselves as a concept and they failed.

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Response to Crow (Original post)

Mon Jun 2, 2014, 02:43 PM

15. Both

Different students have different needs. If Charter's help fill that need, then good for them.

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