Education reform in the United States has recently come under scrutiny after many recent failed proposals. President George W. Bush implemented one of the most popular choices of education reform with his “No Child Left Behind” system. However, that policy reform in the past five years has faded to nothing more than a mistake. This mistake has haunted the education systems in America, but it is not the only reform proposal to shake up the school systems across the States. One new proposal that has caught the eye of some current state politicians is the idea of school choice. School choice is giving the option to parents to take their children to different schools, which is different from assigning children to schools based on the location of their houses. Does giving the parents of children an option to choose what school their child goes to create a spirit of competition? That is partly the goal with the school choice reform policy proposal along with many other facets that can completely revitalize the education system in the United States. The stipulations of this proposal involve a variety of suggestions to help strengthen the core of our education system.
Leaming, J. (n.d.). Voucher programs propt debate over meaning of separation of church and state. Retrieved March 12, 2011, from www.freedomforum.org: http://www.freedomforum.org/packages/first/schoolvouchers/part2.htm
Vouchers redirect money that would have been spent on educating a child in the public school system to a private school of the parent’s choosing. Voucher use is based on two factors, student eligibility and school eligibility. Those students who would be eligible for vouchers are among those in low-income families. School eligibility widely varies state by state. In some states school eligibility is restricted only to nonsectarian private schools, where elsewhere any private school is eligible (Resnick, 1998). Those who support vouchers offer three reasons for their position. One reason being that most public schools are failing, secondly vouchers help the children who use them, and thirdly vouchers create competition that motivates public schools to improve (Resnick, 1998). However, opponents argue that funding should be put toward improving the current public school system for the masses instead of allowing a better education to an elite few. Research is largely opposed to vouchers. Vouchers imprudently use public funds to back religious education, degrade public education, and support elitism.
When looking at a brief overview of voucher systems it is important to realize that No Child Left Behind is the policy that really sparked the implementation of school accountability and therefore the idea of school choice. Politicians wanted to improve America’s education system so they began mandating standardized tests at public schools and designating letter “grades” to overall school performance (Garnet, 2005). The implementation of school voucher systems became a way to scare failing schools into improving because it allowed parents the opportunity to transfer their children to private schools, which would mean that the public schools would lose students and more importantly funding (West, 2005). Although this seems like a great idea it is statistically flawed in many aspects including the reach of students tha...
Charter schools are public schools that are publicly funded, usually locally, and are established by teachers of the school, parents of attending children, or even community groups under the terms of a charter with a local or national authority. Public charter schools are intended to improve our nation in the terms of the public schooling system. Charter schools are public schools even though operate independently of school district, they do not discriminate against students and, as stated above, they are publicly funded based on enrollment. Charter schools seem to be the better choice due to consistently deliver higher test scores than public schools. Unlike private schools, which also deliver higher level of education, charter schools are paid for by tax dollars and are free and open to all parents, so in turn it gives a student the chance to get a private school education, while not having to pay the cost of Private schools. Vouchers shouldn't be given to Private schools due to the difficulty of Public schools. Public schools have to except anyone, they cannot turn anyone due to test scores, race, or any discriminatory reasons, while private schools can be as discriminative as they wish. Public schools also have a harder time paying off books, teachers, classrooms, and other educational expenses. Also, giving Vouchers towards a Religious private school could violate the first amendment in a sense of separation of state and church. Public schools are subject to government oversight and more rules & regulation. There for there will be tighter control placed on the teaching methods and system of education in public schools. Private schools get little to no oversight and with little or no oversight, private schools will perform ...
Church and state absolutists believe that vouchers will violate the First Amendment of the Constitution. They argue that voucher systems give parents an incentive to send their kids to parochial school and thus represent an unconstitutional endorsement of religious education. As mentioned in the case study, the U.S. Supreme Court will address the Cleveland Scholarship Program's constitutionality. Many are anticipating what precedent will be set in this ruling because it inherently deals with defining the boundaries between church and state. Can taxpayer funds be allocated by the government to send children to a religiously-affiliated school?
Currently, there are only two voucher programs that exist within the United States. However, the topic is of much debate in communities around the country. Both the Milwaukee program and the Cleveland program are meant to help lower income families receive the best available education (Maranto, Milliman, Hess, & Gresham, 1999, p. 19). These school vouchers are supported on the basis that education will be improved for all children given parental choice and a competition between pubic and private schools (Coulson, 1998). This reform represents a “shift of educational auth...
School voucher procedures have become increasingly popular recently (Welner, 2008). Voucher schedule differ along a number of elements which populations of students they target, orientation towards religious schools, and financial operation. School achievement and family revenue are frequently used as standard for targeting voucher. Because voucher program regularly charged a way to assist children abscond schools that are below average, many voucher programs are initiated by constantly unsatisfactory performance on standardized tests. For example, Ohio’s Statewide Educational Choice Scholarship program, an experimental program, provide vouchers to children in under achieving schools (Ohio, 2010a). Additional frequent rationale for voucher is that they give those children with relatively small income the magnitude of options that the parents with relatively high income that they already have (Friedman 1962). “Others, like the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program prioritize scholarships to higher-income students as well as if funds remain” (Ohio, 2010b). Still others nominally impose income restrictions, but are effectively targeted at the middle class; Indianan’s program, for instance, allow students with family incomes up to 370% of the federal poverty line to apply for vouchers” (Indiana, 2009).
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What Parents Look at When Choosing a Public/Private School
Education is an institution that parents want to control as a way to insure/provide their children with the best education possible. Parent control/choice has slowly regressed from the colonial era where they could choose not only the school their child attended but also the textbooks used and the curriculum taught (McDonald 2001). Parents still obtain the right to choose the school that best tailors their child’s special uniqueness and educational needs, but due to social diversities and expansions parents have many factors that they now must take into consideration before choosing the best kind of school for their child (Russell 2001). Complexity, diversity, and financial status are some of the main denunciating factors many parents look into when choosing a public or private school for their child.
Complexities such as size, distance, and classes are huge factors that parents look at when choosing their child’s school.