School Choice without Vouchers
The School Choice movement wants to change only one
thing: PARENTS choose a school, instead of forcing kids into a
government monopoly school.
Keep it Simple
In the present system your child's school gets paid for each
day s/he attends. There is nothing wrong with that. Don't create
vouchers people need to qualify for; make it work the way government
schools get paid now. The money simply needs to follow kids to
whatever school their PARENT chooses.
DOLLARS FOLLOW SCHOLARS - Our model legislation puts
child-centered public funding ahead of school-centered funding.
buys other services from the private sector, why not education? We do
not prohibit Medicare funds from buying services at private hospitals
when your grandfather needs heart surgery, why pick on schools?
Answer: The government education monopoly wants control.
Is there any reason why you should not control the education
dollars for your own child? We can't think of one.
U.S. Education - Dead Last
Before the 70's our economy was based on the
automobile, but a complacent automobile industry failed to make
changes. Japanese cars invaded, and canceled our dominance. The
resulting outflow of dollars to Japan devastated our economy. That
outflow is about to start again, this time to pay high salaries to
well-educated workers overseas.
In 1983, A
Nation At Risk urgently recommended reforms in education warning
"...the United States is under challenge from many
quarters". In 1997 the Third
International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) documented our
last-place ranking in the world. Today we're at greater risk than
ever. John Taylor Gatto, New York Teacher of the Year, reveals
the shocking origins of our forced
Exported American Jobs
The Government Education Monopoly continues to imperil
our economy by failing miserably at preparing the workforce. Business
increasingly looks for talent overseas. The world's greatest
concentration of PhD's is in Seoul, Korea and half of Americans can't
even find Seoul on a map. Microsoft India taps Indian programming and
engineering skills with 83,000 certifications issued in 1999. In 2001
we imported 331,000 H-1B
professionals, half of them with PhD's. In 2004 we graduated 70,000
engineers, India graduated 350,000, China graduated 600,000, leading
to erosion in America's scientific prowess. Unless we re-tool
education, there is a strong likelihood that America will get
overtaken in education the way we did in automobiles. Jobs will go to
foreigners because they are better prepared.
- Develop simple, understandable, effective legislation
that the public will demand enacted.
- Promote that legislation among legislators and Choice groups.
- Debunk the myths and specious negative campaign of the
government education monopoly.
- Coalesce groups favoring Choice.
- Identify the best research available, and link
What You Can Do
(click on these links)
- Watch John
Stossel 20/20 video "Stupid
- Tell teachers the Big
Secret unions don't want teachers to know: Education
Week proved Choice works to benefit teachers.
- Distribute copies of our Choice Plan and
the School Choice Act model legislation that
follows these principles, so people can make an informed decision
- Alert everyone that International
Test Scores prove we're in a crisis.
- Read our article on why
"Vouchers" are a bad funding mechanism.
- Read Choice Kiwi-style - New
Zealand's overwhelming success that began in the 70's
- Get a documented expose' of what went wrong from former N.Y.
Teacher of the Year, John Taylor
- Read collected
works of education's greatest thinker.
- Consider New Covenant
example of how your church can create a school ministry.
- Buy Public
Schools, Public Menace for practical advice on what to do for
- Visit the Milton
& Rose D. Friedman Foundation. Their best-seller Free to
Choose formed the basis for ideas in our plan.
- See an authentic Jewish point of view on the
"church/state" issue at Toward
- Read Quintin Quade's Essays
on Educational Choice,
- Learn what your state is doing: CEO
America summaries, Heritage
Foundation details & statistics.
- Browse hundreds of articles chronicling the movement at School
- Form an activist organization like Independent
the Web to learn more about "School Choice".
- Help others (especially teachers) get informed. Share
information on reforming education at churches, clubs, and work.
- Discuss School Choice with friends (it is an interesting
subject, and Choice affects us all).
- Know that Marx advocated public schools as the 10th essential
plank in his Communist Manifesto.
- Call, fax or eMail notes to State Legislators giving your
reasons to support School Choice. Lobbying
- Tell federal officials, your congressional representative and
senators, to keep the federal government out of our schools.
- Read the actual June '02 supreme
court opinion stating for the fourth time that School Choice
has no first amendment problem with religious schools.
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