Guest post: Florida should allow private-school vouchers
Money is tight. Florida needs to do more with less. Former New York educator Dan Insdorf, who has written columns for the Winter Haven News-Chief, suggests the answer lies in vouchers. They cost less than public school education, he argues in a guest column that takes shots at much of the education establishment.
On his site schoolvoucherpetition.com, Insdorf goes so far as to advocate changing the Florida Constitution to say give all Florida students a voucher worth 75 percent of a public school education. Check out what he has to say and then let the discussion begin:
A simple solution to the current budget crisis is to offer parents of public school students a $6000 voucher.
This would save Florida Counties 50% of the cost of educating our young people and the quality of the education would be vastly improved.
If vouchers for all grades would not be acceptable, vouchers for high school are an absolute must. Academic high schools are a big waste of time and money and do not properly serve their population.
In my opinion, high school graduation should not be the goal of public school. A good paying job needs to be the focus. Today, the majority of high paying positions are in the skilled trades. And yet, there are no vocational high school alternatives at this time. There were when I taught school thirty five years ago. Academic high schools are a waste of time and money for most young people. Academically inclined students should be segregated from vocational and technical students. Neither party is served by mixing the two in a high school setting.
I believe that the Democratic Party is vehemently opposed to school vouchers in order to keep society ignorant and in need of public assistance. Teacher unions simply fear the competition. The NAACP, whose constituents would benefit most from private school vouchers, have sold-out to the Democratic Party and oppose vouchers.
Teacher unions contribute 95% of their dollars to Democratic candidates who must oppose school voucher initiatives. Single unwed mothers now represent 40% of the US population in large part due to failing public schools (42% in Florida 50% in Polk County 67% for Afro Americans). More than 50% of Florida’s budget goes to welfare and related services.
This country will legally import 65,000 highly skilled workers from other countries this year. The big three auto makers spend more on benefits than they do on wages. The cost of health insurance for a teacher is equal to the cost of educating a student ($10,000). Education is the key and unless the public school monopoly is broken, this country will not be able to compete in a demanding global economy.
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