Listen up all you school choice voucher lovers!
The school voucher thing is a financial, social, constitutional, bureaucratic and litigious nightmare waiting to happen.
Disregarding silly pieces of information like education of all children at national expense being one of the principles necessary for establishing centralized communist type control of a country, …..and under our constitution there is no authority for the federal government to be involved in such a thing, ….come let us reason together.
As we wade through the following considerations, it will be necessary for us to be willing to read and think.
The supposed ideal is that vouchers will allow students in a “failing” school (we’ll designate such school as F) to transfer to an “achieving” school (let’s call that one A). Subsequently, any funds designated for an individual student in F will follow that student to A.
Following are a few of the problems that must be resolved, either before or after the passage of such legislation. Of a certainty, anyone of a mature and open mind would not feign alarm if most of the responses to each of these questions happened to arouse a vigorous exercise of the litigious nature of today’s society. And if that be the case, who will provide the funds for such litigation? Remember, at each question, we must always bow before the alter of the 14th Amendment of “equal protection under the law”.
Join me as we proceed:
- Who determines which schools are F and which are A?
- Upon what criteria will that determination be based?
- Who determines which students are eligible for transition?
- If the physical plant of A will not bear the total number of qualifying students from F, which of those students will be required to remain in F?
- Will students who have been able to achieve at grade level be required to remain in F, even though F has been designated as a failing institution by some very intelligent folks?
- Since property owners bear a large portion of school finances, will taxpayers in F then become liable for a large part of the funds for students transferring to A?
- With some distances being what they are in Texas and other states, what if there is no A within reasonable accessibility?
- Since most districts in the US provide school bus transportation for students in their district, which district will be responsible for that service? Surly, one would not be so naive as to suggest that parental transportation would solve that problem.
- If students have established records of disruptive behavior, will A be compelled to receive them?
- Will the state (or eventually federal) accountability standing of A be jeopardized if students from F are still unable to master mandated tests?
- Will the state and or federal taxpayer responsibility due to the inevitable bureaucratic costs of administration and supervision be justified if the results of the final assessment are negative or marginal?
- For that matter, is there a slight possibility of the birth of a whole new “immortal” bureaucracy ?
There are others, but I tire.
If we were to embrace the foolish and dangerous possibility of including private schools in this examination, that would involve a whole other bag of questions.