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  1. ODon

    ODon said, over 3 years ago

    Vouchers don’t equate to education.

  2. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 3 years ago

    Once all of the top students have left the public schools (remember, expensive problem students and special-needs kids are screened out of private schools), the conservatives will have succeeded once again in school segregation. But by income level and disability this time. Not to mention, the record of privatized schools has been dismal — companies tend to abandon them, midyear if necessary, if they prove unprofitable, leaving all of the kids scrambling to get back into the reliable public schools.

  3. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Vouchers take money away from schools who are already deprived of necessary funding. If politicians gave a flying f—- about education like they claim to, they’d stop cutting education budgets so much. Of course education gets more and more expensive. Not only are there more and more students to educate, inflation makes all the necessary materials more and more expensive. Deal with it.

  4. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    Private schools are not bound to any type of oversight from the state. This means that if you think “No Child Left Behind” hurt our education, wait until these schools are able to push through kids just for the sake of showing a high graduation rate to keep the money coming. I know of two Catholic schools who “recruit” football players to ensure they always make it to the state finals. These kids are not expected to perform academically at all, yet still manage to get college scholarships.
    An unexpected side effect would be if public school funding was not cut, then public schools would have an increased amount of money per student, lower classroom size, and still have standards which may actually improve public school education. Unfortunately, the program, as it is now, would draw even more money away from public schools. As the schools get worse, look for more welfare applicants, more teen pregnancies, and higher crime rates. People complain about their tax money going to support other people, but leaving them out to dry is where our crime comes from.

  5. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago

    Here’s a test for all you conservatives out there. Let’s suppose that by some impossible twist of fate, predominantly minority schools suddenly got the resources to be excellent.

    Would you still send your kids there instead of demand vouchers?

    I didn’t think so. This is still about race and Lyndon Johnson’s been dead for decades.

  6. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    If government and unions are destroying our schools, look at Finland. Strict government oversight, teachers paid like white collar professionals, small classroom size, and an emphasis on student performance. They have a 98% graduation rate, the highest college graduation rate, and one of Europe’s fastest growing economies. Give the Unions what they are looking for, and the economy improves by allowing schools to create more successful students. Cut school funding, and watch our welfare/minimum wage class skyrocket. Treat teachers like professionals and not “necessary evils” and watch America get back on track.

  7. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, over 3 years ago

    Clark Kent said, about 3 hours ago
    “The willful destruction of US public schools by big business”
    Always Wrong Kent…
    big business?
    post your evidence.
    No, the willful destruction of the public education system has been accomplished by Liberalism’s teachers’ unions, by a Liberal-Left Democratic party blocking all alternative proposals such as Vouchers which I supported as a taxpayer since I first heard of them….my reasoning is this: we pay taxes for public schools whether we have students in them or not….our taxpaying lifetime. We should be able to use our fair share of that tax fund via vouchers to choose (PRO-CHOICE) where we want our children and grandchildren educated….which if you have any brainpower at all, you know the deplorable record of “grads” such as New York where K-12 turns out majority citizens who can’t read, write or do math.

  8. Dypak

    Dypak GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    The Soviet Union fell in 1990. Certaim members of the former government suddenly became fabulously, gloriously, incredibly wealthy overnight. How? By diverting the wealth of the Soviet Union into private, meaning their own, hands. A Billionaire class grew overnight in Russia, a place where once there were not even millionaires.

    Shift now to the United States. Greedy members of our society witness how certain Russians became rich over night. What a great idea, how can we do that? Privatization, vouchers, close the post office! Steal and sell off all the government weatlh you have legislative control over.

    School vouchers is a stupid, stupid idea. Our schools are our common property. They aren’t bad schools, but they’ve been set up to fail by bungling, idiotic legislatures who have no idea what they are doing? Why? Because they want schools to fail. Why? So they, and their donors can divert the wealth of out nation into their pockets. Don’t let them do it!

  9. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    Obviously you don’t work in education. Private schools, whether religiously affiliated or not, do not require their teachers to hold state teaching certificates. My first job out of college was teaching music and history in a Catholic middle school. My certification was for the state of Indiana, not Ohio, but I was given the job because I was available at the price they wanted to pay. My wife went through the Catholic school system in Virginia, where the teachers were either nuns or the parents of children at the school, who attended free of charge.
    If the vouchers are good at Catholic or other religious private schools, then the state is not interfering with school curriculum. Religious schools are not required to teach evolution or other science, history, or social classes that conflict with the core beliefs of the church. If the state does impose any oversight, then any school accepting vouchers must meet the same standards as public schools, which will put the religious schools at odds with the curriculums they will be forced to teach.
    In a perfect world, voucher schools would attract better teachers or require higher standards of their employees, possibly paying them considerably more money. But in reality, the schools will become diploma mills like our university system or those “University of Phoenix” types, only in it for profit because they not only get tuition but free money from the state in the form of vouchers. Why not just bring our public school up to the standards we want instead of spending MORE tax money on these vouchers?

  10. warjoski

    warjoski GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Sorry. I disagree. The school’s have been destroying themselves, with the help from various outside forces, including parents and the media. There’s more than enough blame to go around.

  11. warjoski

    warjoski GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Neither do Public Schools anymore. That’s the point

  12. warjoski

    warjoski GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    I would like to see the data you are basing your claim on the dismal record of private schools. Can you please provide? Thanks.

  13. warjoski

    warjoski GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    May I ask where you are getting the data on the track record of charter schools please? Thanks.

  14. warjoski

    warjoski GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Big name Universites also recruit kids to play football and offer them scholarships. And I have heard of public high school coaches trying to talk students into transferring schools in order to recruit them. So I have to admit I am not sure why Private Schools doing it is so much more abhorent. Lack of oversight from the State might be a blessing in some areas. In some it might hurt. I agree that we need to focus resources on fixing the public school system where possible. But I don’t understand the basis for automatically ruling out charter or private schooling as a solution for some areas. Education should not be another causalty of the politicial dividing lines. Sadly, it is.

  15. dannysixpack

    dannysixpack said, over 3 years ago

    Vouchers destroy the public school system and it’s all republican destruction. They say quite clearly that we are abandoning the generations of children in failing schools. This is unfortunate because while it makes for more slave labor to compete against the chinese for big business, it destroys US abilities as an innovator and a brain trust.

    it’s no mistake (but considering the artist) that you see only white kids getting off the bad bus and getting on the good bus with the white driver.

    and all you get is RWNJ’s blaming liberals for trying to pay teachers a living wage and having decent conditions in public schools.

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