Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Vouchers - Philadelphia Daily News OP/ED, LTE

Elmer Smith: School-voucher plans can't be vouched for

YOU WOULD think that Gov. Corbett had come up with some intriguing new data to justify plundering public-school budgets for voucher money.

The death of public education in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Daily News  Opinion
By SID HOLMES  Posted on Mon, Jan. 31, 2011
FOR THE school-choice movement, a voucher system giving parents the ability to send their children - and with them our tax money - to the public, private, parochial, charter or cyber schools that they select, is the latest holy grail in the pursuit of a quality education for Pennsylvania kids.

Philadelphia Daily News Letter to the Editor
 Posted on Tue, Feb. 1, 2011

Letters: Vouchers that help some shouldn't punish others

Too many of our children are locked into public schools that are failing them. In recent years, the state has invested in improving our public schools through a formula whose goal is to provide the necessary support for students to meet state-achievement criteria. Funding the formula has consistently improved student achievement, but concerns about the pace of change and the adequacy of funding continue.

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