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Voucher proposal about making a good system better

Posted by Kelly Maher on December 10th, 2010
 
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One of the people commenting at the recent Douglas County Board of Education meeting, Pam Mazanec, encapsulated the pro-voucher stance well.

“This isn’t about bashing our schools or our teachers,” she said. “Many, probably most, will still choose their neighborhood public school. This is about the paramount right of parents to decide what school is in the best interest of their child. Clearly a high percentage of Douglas County parents would choose their neighborhood public school. No one should deny other parents their choice.”

That’s the thing . . . if we’re going to innovate in schools the best place to do it is a place that actually does relatively well. In a survey released by the Douglas County School District this summer, it was clear that a large percentage of Douglas County parents are satisfied (92% are either neutral, agree or strongly agree) with their current school. If vouchers were tried in a district where a much larger percentage of parents were unhappy, a large exodus of students could occur.

It may be better to try an innovative approach like vouchers where there is a high degree of satisfaction to start with, which mitigates the risks.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday night to further research a voucher program. Tonight, a group of parents are meeting on their own in Castle Rock to discuss the issues.

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One Response to “Voucher proposal about making a good system better”

  1. grandma56 says:

    There is a confusion about the government’s education program. It is welfare. Why are families criticized for not depending on welfare schooling? Private schools save taxpayer’s money. Any incentive that can get more students off government rolls will lower taxes. These parents who send their children to private schools are not only saving taxpayer’s money, they are also supporting the other student’s education through the taxes they pay. If there were any incentive at all for them, more students would move to private schools and stop depending on the government.

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