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Subject: Re: School Vouchers Date: 10/9/2001 1:55 AM
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Nancy,

Pure conjecture, but I would suspect you have never volunteered or perhaps even visited a public school classroom. To "eliminate" the public school system would deny the basic need for educating all of our children. ALL of our children.

I've worked for a public school system, and I've volunteered and visited. What you say is nonsense. I'd agree phrased this way:

To "eliminate" all school systems would deny the basic need for educating all of our children.

But I see absolultely no reason why a school system has to be run by the government, and a heck of a lot of reasons why it SHOULDN'T be. There are many excellent private schools that spend less per student than public schools in the same area. Given a chance, private schools could easily replace public schools, and (in my opinion) do a MUCH better job for far less money.

Since it has been demonstrated that private schools can indeed to an excellent job for less money than public schools, I don't see any reason why allowing parents to choose what school their kids go to would "destroy" education. The big problem would be explaining why the taxes that fund schools (and would continue to do so, if public schools were abolished) were so high and why the results were so incredibly bad.

Phil
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