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    This week is national school choice week. What do you think of people having the ability to choose what school their child goes too and recieve tax credits for that choice?

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    If that means the schools can choose who they will accept, it sucks.

    We have several schools of choice and charter schools. What does that mean? The top students are recruited and others who apply are excluded. Court appearances, CPS visits, changes in foster care placement, and "homeless" (according the NCLB definition), are common at our school. Who advocates for them to go to the best school of choice?

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    You mean religious and private schools? No. The government provides a free education for all students at the public schools. If you don't like the public school, or if you want something *more* for your child, then you have to pay for it.
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    I am all for school choice, and parents given the freedom to choose what is best for their kids.

    All 3 of my school age kids are in private christian based schooling. The religious teachings are important to us, but secondary to why we send them to the schools we did. The schools they are in average 20% higher test scores. The high school has 75% of the graduates able to enter college with enough credits to get them through half way through sophomore year.
    I would LOVE to get a tax credit to help pay for the tuition
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    You mean religious and private schools? No. The government provides a free education for all students at the public schools. If you don't like the public school, or if you want something *more* for your child, then you have to pay for it.
    What if the public school system is failing your child? You are locked into it unless you have the money to get out?
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    This isnt just about private and religious school either, this includes charter and magnet schools
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    What if the public school system is failing your child? You are locked into it unless you have the money to get out?
    Then you take action. You work to make it better. Move to a different district. Lobby the district for a different principal. Raise money for programs you think are important. If your chosen action is to place your child in a private school, why should the government support that in addition to the public schools it's already supporting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    This isnt just about private and religious school either, this includes charter and magnet schools
    ITA with what EthanWinfield said about charters & magnet schools. They shouldn't be able to pick & choose their students. That should IMHO disqualify them from government funding. The government is supposed to educate ALL kids for free.
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    In my opinion, you have two different debates here. The first being about public schools vs. private schools. The second being the ability to choose which public school you go to. For this portion of the debate I will assume we are talking about choosing which public schools you are going to go to. DH works in a Public School in GA. How it works there is that you can go to whatever school in that county that you want to, but that the buses will only take you to the school you are zoned for. If you want to go to a different school you have to drive your kids yourself. You can not go outside of the county. Where I grew up, you had to go to the school you were zoned for or pay tuition. The schools where my kids are zoned for are terrible. If we lived in an area that had great public schools I might send my kids to public schools. However, the school where my kids are zoned for is terrible. We might move in the future, but right now we have chosen to homeschool. I do think the way DH's school does it is a good option. You can't change schools during the middle of the year and once a school fills up, they do not have to accept more students that are not from that zone.

    As for vouchers for private or Christian schools it is a very sticky situation. On one side you do not want the Government to come in a fundamentally change the school and make it so that it can not be Christian any more. On the other side, it seems terribly unfair to pay thousands of dollars in taxes to pay for public schools while at the same time paying thousands of dollars in tuition.

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    And then you get the issue, of getting gov money but not wanting the gov control. That is why lots of homeschoolers don't want vouchers.
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