Friday, March 3, 2017

School vouchers and food stamps for payment

Really I do not know why people keep pushing things that don't work.
Albert Einstein : "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over again, but expecting different results."

School vouchers really don't work so why push it so much?
To kill off education!? It's easy to control the masses by having them like
zombies! But really it's not! Shown in time and time again the masses of
stupid people having riots over trivial stuff like a doorknob ending in burning
down something like Alexandria's library because it was some high
dollar shit! "How am I to know if I don't know?" Don't know now!

I remember back in 1985 in high school there was just a hand full
of kids that where going to their senior year because the voucher ran out
and there was not enough money to cover the cost.
A school voucher saves money by kids doing without having to make up the
loss. But the poor can't so they don't. And with many Republicans
being in the now can't look ahead to ask what is that going to do to the labor force?
Who are those rich kids going to hire when the most can't afford their education
and get lower?

Well... You didn't think they where only lazy did you? The poor can't afford education!
It's like culture, many poor can't afford that as a ticket to a play is like $140 for two
people etc... Well it's true! So to point the poor can't afford a school voucher!

But luckily a School voucher program was stopped in Oklahoma!

~~~~~School vouchers bill pulled by author in Oklahoma Senate
“I believe I had the votes but I didn't want to take the risk of not doing this for two years when we should have done it yesterday,” Standridge said.

Standridge, R-Norman, said public education lobbying groups spread misinformation about his bill. SB 560 would allow students who qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program in Oklahoma City or Tulsa to use 90 percent of their state per-pupil funding to go toward private school or other education resources.

However, the proposed amount would only cover a portion of the tuition charged by most Oklahoma City-area private schools, according to an analysis by The Oklahoman.

With the state-only funding at $3,050 per student, a 90 percent voucher would give a low-income student $2,745 to use for private school tuition. However, the bill allows the student to also take their various funding weights, which add more money for grade level, economic hardship and bilingual status.

Altogether, that means an eighth-grade student who is low income and bilingual could put $4,667 toward a private school.

In an analysis of Oklahoma City private schools accredited with the Oklahoma Private School Accrediting Commission, The Oklahoman found the average annual tuition was $8,477. Some small church-based private schools had tuition rates below $6,000 and offered discounts to church members, but the voucher amount would not cover the full tuition for nearly all accredited private schools in the region.

While some voucher advocates still believe covering a portion of the tuition would be beneficial, there is also a belief that vouchers could inspire new private schools to open offering lower tuitions aimed at the state funding amount in a voucher.

“I'll agree it would be hard for say a single mom with an elementary child to use this,” said Byron Schlomach, director of the 1889 Institute. “But I think you would see entirely new private schools open that are moderately priced.”

Schlomach said he ran the numbers on various scenarios of students and agreed some of the lowest-income families would not be able to cover the full cost of private school. But he said it could be beneficial to low-income families who might want to cover other educational costs, such as online education that is based at home.

“This would cover possible tutoring services and it could also cover an online school,” Schlomach said. “This is plenty to have a child covered by online.”

Critics of school vouchers reject the idea that impoverished students will benefit and claim affluent families will use it as a discount for private school.

"What I see happening (if vouchers come to Oklahoma) is what is happening in other states like Arizona and Indiana, where predominate movement is from upper middle class students who never went to public schools to begin with, where they are now just subsidizing private school tuition for students who were already going to go to private school," said Shawn Hime, executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, which has been a vocal opponent of various voucher bills attempted in recent years.

Indiana has one of the nation's fastest growing voucher programs where half of the 32,000 students served have never attended a public school, according to a 2016 report by the state's Education Department.

Critics point to Indiana as an example of a voucher program simply giving students who never intended to attend a public school or have already been enrolled in private school a taxpayer-funded discount.

Standridge said he believed his bill would have passed committee, but wanted to wait a year for more support.

Voucher supporters may be emboldened in the coming year, especially as President Donald Trump has continued to reaffirm his desire to see school choice policies expanded across the country.

In front of a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Trump called for federal funding to help low-income students attend any school they want.

"These families should be free to choose the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school that is right for them," Trump said.

During his address, Trump introduced Denisha Merriweather, a Florida student who had failed third grade twice but later received funding through a tax credit scholarship program to attend a private school. She eventually became the first in her family to graduate high school.

Standridge said the opportunity granted to Merriweather was one he wanted to offer in Oklahoma. "She was an example of students in northeast Oklahoma City and she would never have made it to college without a scholarship program," Standridge said. "Because of the education establishment, we have doomed another round of kids here."