Rob at Say Anything reports and comments:
It’s amazing what happens when parents and students get choice:
SOUTH BEND, IN – Weeks after Indiana began the nation’s broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to private schools, causing a spike in enrollment at some Catholic institutions that were recently on the brink of closing for lack of pupils.
The new voucher program gave 3,200 students in the state vouchers, and 70% of those with vouchers are choosing to take them to private schools (mostly Cahtolic schools). Not surprisingly, school officials are less than enthused:
It’s a scenario public school advocates have long feared: Students fleeing local districts in large numbers, taking with them vital tax dollars that often end up at parochial schools.
I think this speaks to a fundamental difference of opinion as to what these tax dollars earmarked for education are for. The education bureaucrats think we’re funding them. We’re not. We’re funding education for our students.
And the best way to do that is to give those students and their parents choice. Nobody benefits more from education than the students getting it. Thus, generally, nobody cares about education more than those students and their parents. Let’s fund them, not bureaucrats who are often more concerned with feathering their own beds and building their little empires.
If the public schools in Indiana want these students and the tax dollars that are tied to them back, let them earn them back by being better than the private schools. If they can’t, then maybe they shouldn’t bother opening the doors