Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Corbett's education vision includes clear school grading system (and vouchers)

Corbett's education vision includes clear school grading system (and vouchers)

Speaking at a gathering of 400 business and political leaders attending a Pennsylvania Manufacturer Association seminar Saturday as part of the NYC Pennsylvania Society weekend, Corbett outlined his plan for school choice.

Students attending schools graded "F" would be in line for tuition vouchers to attend the public, private or parochial school of their choice.

Long range, he would like to make the vouchers available to other students.

By Brad Bumsted and Salena Zito, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, December 12, 2010

2 comments:

  1. "Students attending schools graded "F" would be in line for tuition vouchers to attend the public, private or parochial school of their choice."

    Does this mean a child from William Penn can take their voucher and go to a school in Radnor?

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  2. Schools aren't failing, students are failing in schools. The reasons are many - lack of early childhood education, living in fractured households, living under oppressive conditions of poverty, poor health, poor mental health care, hunger, etc. etc. This combined with lack of resources in the schools which rely on property taxes (so the poor stay poor) and schools being expected to make up for all of the needs that children come to school with, make for an almost impossible task. That said, many of our student are succeeding - even thriving - despite conditions imposed upon them. Why not offer just the neediest students vouchers? If we do that, those student who remain - the ones who are not failing - will ensure that our schools become "successful." Solutions such as vouchers and more charters mean we are simply "turning up the heat" and not fixing the "broken window" when it comes to public education.

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