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February 20, 2013

Is latest Wisconsin voucher plan really an attack?

Chris Rickert:

think of it this way: The government contracts for goods and services all the time. Contracting out our societal obligation to educate our children isn't all that different.

As with any other private organization that wins a publicly funded contract, private schools that take vouchers should provide the same kind of quality and access we expect of our other public services and infrastructure.

Jim Bender, president of the pro-voucher School Choice Wisconsin, largely agrees.

And Department of Public Instruction spokesman Patrick Gasper said his agency "is in conversation with legislators, private schools and the governor's office to find a way to bring schools participating in the voucher program into an accountability system."

Voucher students in private schools already have to take the same state-mandated tests as public school students, and private schools must use admissions lotteries to prevent them cherry-picking the best voucher students.

Numerous notes and links on vouchers, accountability and per student spending can be found here.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at February 20, 2013 1:39 AM
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