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Vouchers Scenario Gary Watts, senior director of the National Center for Innovation, prepared this "scenario" on voucher adoption. NCI currently operates a series of restructuring efforts in over 60 participating communities with a network of teachers and administrators. NCI's address is 1201 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036. Follow with me a scenario of the implementation of a private school voucher system. Step 1: There are 100,000 private school students in the state of "X". Parents by their own choice for religious and exclusive reasons are paying the tuitions for their 100,000 children. Step 2: Some folks propose a private school voucher system. Their motivations are varied (i.e. political - I want to win over the private school vote, personal interest, getting some tax dollars back, etc.) except that one of the motivations is NOT to support public schools. Step 3: The voucher system is put on the ballot and the proponents argue that it will improve public schools by competition or, like Michael Ree, it is my money and I want some of it back and besides it will save the public schools money. Others argue that poor children need the same benefits as rich children who now attend private schools. The voucher proposal calls for a $2000 voucher for every child in a private school. Step 4: The voucher system passes. The immediate results is that $200,000,000 (100,000 x $2000) moves from funding of public schools to funding of private schools. That is 200 million dollars shifted to supporting private schools and NOT ONE CHILD has yet to move from a public school to a private school. Step 5: Some public school children try to use the voucher to move to a private school but cannot find a private school to take them or because they are poor, the $2000 is inadequate to make the move. Some of the private schools, especially the fancy elite private schools, raise their tuitions by $2000 because they know the parents can afford it. Step 6: Public schools in State "X" now have $200,000,000 less funds to educate the same number of children so they continue to have serious problems. Sound farfetched! That is what would have happened in Colorado with even larger numbers of dollars if the voucher proposal would have passed. That is why voters, after thinking about the consequences of this seeminly reasonable idea rejected it by about a 2/3 vote. Yes, Virginia there are individuals who could care less about improving public schools. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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