Hear, Hear, on Vouchers
Just wanted to highlight Max Fenig’s comments on school vouchers:
After seeing the poor results for R.I.’s public schools as measured against proficiency standards, we all know what must be done: Double the money for public education and we may reach mediocrity! But one matter regarding education in this state is worthy of note.
We have some of the best elementary and secondary schools in the country here in Rhode Island. These schools are our private and parochial schools. These are schools that students from across the country seek out to attend. These are schools where the administrators know they are in competition for these students and must meet the needs of their customer base — parents who want a quality education for their children. These are schools that have a faculty whose focus is on their students and not on a trade union.
It is unfortunate for those paying confiscatory property taxes that paying tuition to a private school is not often a possibility.
If the recent report card on our public schools does not cry out for school choice and vouchers to any school, public or private, then what will?