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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1992
LEARN's distinguished signatories write, "We believe that competition brings out the best in us by pushing us the extra mile to attract and keep customers, clients and students." Why then do they oppose giving vouchers to parents who choose to send their children to non-public schools? Unquestionably, private and parochial schools are getting good results despite the fact that they get no public funding. Many parents who would like to send their children to these schools cannot afford the tuition.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1998
Re "Vouchers: The Cheap Way Out," Opinion, Feb. 15: Larry Cuban is confused by those of us, like myself, who wish to end racial preference and discrimination programs, but want to implement vouchers that will help many inner-city schoolkids who may happen to be Latino and black. It's quite simple--vouchers would be given to any child who wanted them, regardless of skin color. Racial preference and discrimination programs (affirmative action) deny or benefit schoolkids based on skin color.
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NEWS
September 15, 1993 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Many of the lawmakers at a legislative hearing on Proposition 174, the school voucher initiative, used their moment on statewide cable television Tuesday to voice strong opposition, setting the theme for the campaign against the November election ballot measure.
NEWS
September 15, 1993 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Many of the lawmakers at a legislative hearing on Proposition 174, the school voucher initiative, used their moment on statewide cable television Tuesday to voice strong opposition, setting the theme for the campaign against the November election ballot measure.
OPINION
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.
OPINION
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 | ALICIA A. REYNOLDS, Alicia A. Reynolds lives in Ventura and teaches English at Oxnard High School
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.
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