March 10, 2002
In the ongoing debate over school vouchers, one reason for having vouchers goes unsaid: They can provide parents leverage in dealings with school districts. A top-heavy district bureaucracy and go-along school board might react differently to angry parents holding petitions with hundreds of signatures threatening student departure. The threat of loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars--if not millions--might cause districts to pay heed to parents' voices. Actually using a voucher to remove a child from a district would be a secondary effect.
September 3, 2000
The debate over school vouchers is wrong at its very core. The argument seems to be whether or not they improve test scores. That is entirely irrelevant. The real issue is whether or not liberty is a basic right or something that must be granted by an authority. I think vouchers are good simply because they put more choice and more liberty into the hands of citizens. And in doing so they support the idea that parents, not the government, are responsible for their families. School vouchers are pro-choice and pro-family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1999 |
The naivete surrounding the debate over school vouchers never ceases to amuse me. The notion that working-class parents armed with school vouchers will find private schools affordable is akin to claiming that government grants and scholarships will fully fund a student's tuition through Stanford. Despite government grants and scholarships, private colleges still serve a very privileged few when compared to their state-funded university counterparts.