Bills advance to provide public funding for private, charter schools

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  1. End Daze
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    End Daze - February 08, 2013 8:39 am
    I sure hope this passes. It WILL make public education better. That this has to do with more than "education" should be evident by the wholesale march of Democrats who keep saying public education is doing a great job. How absurd. Just saying it doesn't make it true. If they are so great why do politicians send their kids to private schools? To say that only the rich send their kids to private schools is to admit two facts -- they don't consider public schools as being as good, and a tax break would allow the lower income the same choice. Private schools accept many "schalarship" students and they also work very hard with parents to try to help them afford to send their kids to school. Given the huge efforts by public educators (hence the Dem support) at indoctrinating our children (if only parents knew), I will do all I can to help my family to send their kids to private school or to homeschool. I hope the private schools start marketing the safety factor of their schools over public.
  2. Anthony_in_Montana
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    Anthony_in_Montana - February 07, 2013 4:12 pm
    Charter schools do not end or hurt the quality of public schools. They improve the quality of public education through competition.

    Again, why are charter schools a requirement by the Obama administration for federal, Race to the Top funds?
  3. Laughter
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    Laughter - February 07, 2013 3:42 pm
    "Another rich man's benefit and handout, for the most part only the rich go to private schools, why should we fund them." I'd probably be more supportive of your viewpoint if so many of the politicians in this country touting the great "public education" you need to keep funding at higher and higher levels didn't send their kids to private schools so they can get a high-quality education that apparently they believe the fantastic public schools aren't delivering.

  4. Laughter
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    Laughter - February 07, 2013 3:35 pm
    "Public education has done more to better the lives of all Americans than all the private and religious interests combined." "A report recently published by Harvard University's Program on Education Policy and Governance found that students in Latvia, Chile and Brazil are making gains in academics three times faster than American students, while those in Portugal, Hong Kong, Germany, Poland, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Colombia and Lithuania are improving at twice the rate.The study's findings echo years of rankings that show foreign students outpacing their American peers academically. Students in Shanghai who recently took international exams for the first time outscored every other school system in the world. In the same test, American students ranked 25th in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading."Because rates of economic growth have a huge impact on the future well-being of the nation, there is a simple message: A country ignores the quality of its schools at its economic peril."
  5. Pipeguy
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    Pipeguy - February 07, 2013 2:01 pm
    This would turn our quality public schools that serve all Montana's children over to private and religious schools. And give huge tax breaks to further starve public schools in the process. Kinda takes me back to my younger days when the rich and powerlful sent their kids to college while the rest of us were sent to Viet Nam. Public education has done more to better the lives of all Americans than all the private and religious interests combined.

  6. Dave Bovee
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    Dave Bovee - February 07, 2013 9:47 am
    Anthony; They drop out because they're bored. Much of the 12 & 1/2 years in school is daycare required by law. Classes generically referred to as Basketweaving just fill the time and keep them off the streets until they're 18. 1 year of actual algebra advocation is divided into 2 or 3. Yet somehow we have all seen high school graduates who are functionally illiterate, because all they are really required to do is burn those 12 years until parents are close to not having to take legal responsibility for them. This is a national defect. And this comment was a little to the side of the main topic, I know. I still advocate sending kids to school when they're 7, after their parents have taught them to read, and giving them a high school degree after 7 years. That would just make the welfare parents cry about some other sort of taxpayer funded daycare, but eventually Americans might actually take complete responsibility for the children they produce.
  7. Vorsicht
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    Vorsicht - February 07, 2013 9:25 am
    I would like to be able to have the choice to direct MY tax dollars. Parents know what is best for their child and choosing the right school is paramount. We have to keep the children's best interest in mind. I would assume that getting the best education for each child would be a priority with people. Public schools have become a system that doesn't necessarily work for all children. Public schools need to learn how to compete and offer what is best for EACH child. If one school offers a better education than another, then you should be able to choose. I have attended public and private school, and so have our children. The rich are not the only ones who send their children to private school. Many non-rich parents sacrifice vacations, new cars, clothes, and other discretionary money to send their kids to private school. I know we have.
  8. Anthony_in_Montana
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    Anthony_in_Montana - February 07, 2013 9:09 am
    Why does Obama' Race to the Top initiative require charter schools to provide funding to states?

    Why do heavily democratic states around the country support charter schools?

    What percentage of the charter schools that Obama advocates are religious schools?

    Why do 1 in 5 School District 2 students drop out?

    How could charter schools be used to provide technical and trades emphasis education that would attract those kids before they drop out and give them a fighting chance at economic independence?

    Other than out of competition from charter schools, how will public education ever be reformed to eliminate steps and lanes, establish a performance component in teacher pay, offer higher salaries to STEM teachers (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)?

    Other than through charter schools, how will the emphasis of education transform to help students establish the knowledge and skills to become self-reliant, economically independent members of the community?

    How can anyone graduate from high school without knowing how to balance a checkbook, pay bills, understand employee benefits, write a clear letter, do basic algebra, etc.?
  9. CarsonCityKid
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    CarsonCityKid - February 07, 2013 7:46 am
    I wonder how the state, county and cities will fund these charter schools and private entities after the rest of us start paying our taxes under protest. I believe well funded public education is the answer. You want private/charter schools then pay for it yourselves and not with my tax dollars.
  10. Gordon Shumway
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    Gordon Shumway - February 07, 2013 6:03 am
    Another rich man's benefit and handout, for the most part only the rich go to private schools, why should we fund them. Boy, talk about food stamps, and other poverty programs and then want us to send you kids to a private school, bull hocky.
  11. Dave Bovee
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    Dave Bovee - February 06, 2013 8:54 pm
    Text money for fearfilled cultists and repressive right wingers? E S a D!

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