Florida starves public schools while it wastes billions on vouchers for private schools

I want to say, you know there are some
good private schools that take vouchers who do it right and the bad ones who
teach junk science and history, hire teachers with felonies or without a
degrees give them a bad name. I would like to say that but the truth is we
don’t know, there is so little over site on voucher schools that they might all
be crap. 



A recent study does however say kids that attend private schools don’t receive any gains.
From
UVAToday
new study
from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education finds that
low-income children or children enrolled in urban schools do not benefit more
from enrolling in private school between kindergarten and ninth grade.

“Despite the arguments in
favor of the use of vouchers or other mechanisms to support enrollment in
private schools, ostensibly as a way to help vulnerable children and families
access a quality education, this study finds no evidence that private schools,
exclusive of family background or income, are more effective for promoting
student success,” said Robert C. Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education and
co-author of the study.

Although children with a
history of enrollment in private schools performed better overall, the
advantages of private school education were not present for low-income
students or those enrolled in urban schools.

This study contradicts the
rationale behind U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ efforts to promote
greater access to private schools, primarily through the administration’s
earmark of more than $1 billion in the federal budget for private school
vouchers and other school choice plans.

“The assumption that private
schools are more effective in educating students and producing higher levels of
achievement behavior is demonstrably ineffective and potentially harmful,”
Pianta said. “In order to enable more low-income students to succeed and close
achievement gaps, we must support comprehensive education reform of our public
school system.”


Our public schools are being starved of resources as the
powers that be pump a billion dollars into voucher schools that don’t have to
have any over site.

These schools don’t have to have a recognized
curriculum. 

These schools don’t have to have certified teachers.

Most of these schools don’t even have to report how the
money is spent.


Friends at the very least shouldn’t we know if this money is well spent? Why do we make any demands of our public schools and let this abomination go unchallenged?

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