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  • Morning Bell: National School Choice Week is Underway

    The first-ever National School Choice Week is underway! This week, January 23rd – 29th, school choice advocates from across the country will host events and highlight the benefits of educational freedom.

    More than 150 organizations are hosting events in nearly every state. It’s a grassroots movement of national proportions to highlight the benefits of school choice and demand access to quality educational options. Speaker John Boehner, Newt Gingrich, Sens. Joe Lieberman and John McCain and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush – among many others – are all “in” for National School Choice Week.

    And it’s a movement whose time has come. Nationally, thousands of children are trapped in more than 1,700 public schools labeled as “dropout factories,” in which less than 60 percent of students graduate within four years.  But even for those students not assigned to the worst government schools, academic achievement has stagnated over the years, graduation rates have flat lined, and American students are out-competed by their international counterparts.

    For hundreds of thousands of children, the opportunity to escape failing public schools and choose a school that best meets their needs would be life-changing.

    But for too many families across the country, the possibility is out of their reach. President Obama told Matt Lauer last year:

    Given my position, if I wanted to find a great public school for Malia and Sasha to be in, we could probably maneuver to do it. But the broader problem is: For a mom or a dad who are working hard but don’t have a bunch of connections, don’t have a choice  in terms of where they live, they should be getting the same quality education as anybody else, and they don’t have that yet.

    It shouldn’t come down to “connections” to ensure children have access to quality educational options. You shouldn’t have to be the President of the United States to gain access to a good school.

    Unfortunately, the president’s words have been incongruous with the administration’s actions. Under the Obama administration’s watch, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides vouchers to more than 1,200 low-income children to attend a private school of their choice, was placed in jeopardy. Because of pressure from special interest groups such as the education unions, no new children are allowed to receive vouchers, meaning the program will be phased-out over time.

    But there is hope. Speaker John Boehner is a strong supporter of school choice and wants to breathe life back into the scholarship program.

    And outside of Washington, state leaders across the country are pushing for more school choice options for families. Florida Governor Rick Scott is proposing Education Savings Accounts, a trailblazing new proposal in which the money the state sends to schools would instead be deposited directly into a family’s ESA, which parents could use to send their child to a public or private school of their choice. In Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels is supporting a voucher plan, and opportunity scholarships for low-income children are under consideration in Pennsylvania.

    School choice is about freedom and opportunity. It’s about giving families options when it comes to their children’s education – from charter schools and private schools, to online learning and homeschooling. The one-size-fits-all approach has never had a place in American life, and education should be no exception.

    There are so many reasons to provide every child with the opportunity to choose a school that best meets his or her needs: School choice ensures students are safe, meets their social and emotional needs, increases academic achievement and attainment, and empowers parents. And for the first time, National School Choice Week will highlight those benefits as organizations and families across the country take part in events and demand better educational options.

    To learn more about National School Choice Week and participate in an event near you, visit schoolchoiceweek.com

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    42 Responses to Morning Bell: National School Choice Week is Underway

    1. Double Ace says:

      This will never happen as the current administration owes to much to the unions. They would rather see kids fail than not be able to pay the unions back for the money donated to their campaigns. Just as they would rather see America fail as long as they got their rewards. Unions are the problem in our public education just as they are in industry. Unions time is over and they need to be abolished.

    2. George Colgrove, VA says:

      I posted this before. I feel we are looking to government too much for solutions when the private sector which has been fundamental in giving ALL humans over the earth products and services to make life easy and enjoyable. Government solutions have always been arduous, expensive and have never meet the intent. Education becomes a racial issue when governments are involved. If people are allowed to do as they wish, racial components will fall out. People will look for schools based on costs, excellence and convenience. The fact people will have a choice forces schools to be compliant – not with a government who sets minimum standards at a high cost, but with the customers who want the best they can get with minimum costs.

      All schools should be privatized – period. I still agree with Benjamin Franklin, that schooling should be publically funded, but that does not mean the school is a public entity. Towns can still collect school taxes to provide a maximum voucher amount to all children. Parents will then use the open market to choose the school their kids will go. Schools can charge more than the voucher, but that will have to come from the parent.

      To transfer to the private system each town will assign stock shares of the local school system to each town member, making them a direct owner of the school. The school board will be replaced with a board of trustees. This is mostly semantics because much will be run as it is now. However, when the school pays its first dividend that will wake many up in the town. There should be a period where there is a freeze on the sale of school stock. After the school has achieved "value" then a school stock market can be formed where people can buy or sell their shares. I think there needs to be restrictions on how much of the market share one company can have in any particular area. We do not want the public monopoly be replaced by a corporate monopoly as both hurt the economy. The point is to make these schools compete for students.

      If this is implemented, it will not matter if a government decides for us what alternatives there will be for education. The market will decide. It is offensive that we need to look to some buffoon in the white house or some body of self-righteous federal employees – regardless of the party they belong to – to get guidance on alternatives. We can decide that for ourselves. If we want a school to send Johnny to that focuses on the environment, then we will find a school backed by or even owned by the Sierra Club. If we want Johnny to be skilled in business, then we may want to send him to a school with financial backing by IBM. If Johnny excels at fixing things, then the Votech school owned by a trade organization may be a great place to send him. The possibilities would become endless, because we the people are in control, not some lofty federal agency.

      Government is failing all over the world and especially in the US. When looking for "alternatives" we need to be looking into a post-government era. We need to look into putting the people back in charge of their lives. No more promises, just get it done.

    3. Dave Backs, Nashvill says:

      Sadly, I'm afraid Double Ace is right. For decades, the teacher's union were screaming: "more money, more money." They got it and NOTHING CHANGED.

      Discipline and morals are missing in government run schools and until that changes, nothing else will either.

    4. West Texan says:

      I'm happy to see the push for school choice. The federal government's department of education has been nothing more than a political scam. Double Ace makes my point about the influence of union corruption. Education, like health care, constitutes a social service that belongs solely at the decision making level of state and local governments. The Beltway's elitist progressives are responsible for education's wasteful high cost and failing track record.

    5. Scott Carver says:

      I agree. So long as a Union Teachers are protected under the Tenure clause of thier contracts, they are useless. They cannot be fired for anything except a crime involving a student. Hell, in some states, they can't even be fired for that. They just aren't allowed to teach anymore, but they still recieve their pay and benefits.

      I will grant that Teachers need better pay, but only if they are effective at their job. Their pay should be based on the performance levels of their students, not on how long they have been teaching. They sould, at the end of every school year, have to face a panel comprised of the Local School Board, The State Board of Education, and represenatives of the Community; and justify thier actions over the course of the School Year.

      These people are responsible for educating the next generation on leaders of this country. Shouldn't we, as parents, have the RIGHT and RESPONSIBILITY to make sure that our children are getting the best education possible. As long as the Unions insist on the Tenure clause in teachers contracts, we don't have that right.

      Get rid of Tenure, make mandatory performance reviews, grant performance bonuses to exceptional teachers, and hold all teachers to a minimum performance standard. It's not alot, but it would make one hell of a difference.

    6. RUTH WEDGEFIELD SC says:

      Every child should have the right to the best education they can get, however, if the parent can't or won't do their part at home, then the school system needs to place children into the best possible classes for them. In our public schools all the students are taught at the same rate and lets be honest, kids just don't do well that way. More time is needed for the slow learners and advanced classes are needed for those who can move quicker. One teacher cannot give the needed attention to those who need it, especially those whose parents can't or won't help at home. Too often the teacher has become the "babysitter" to rowdy kids and does not have the time to "teach" those who can and want to learn. Instead we want to attack our teachers for not teaching well enough. Wake up people, we need to help our teachers to help our children to learn. We need to place children into the best possible classes instead of placing them in grades. some of the schools fire the teachers if all the students don't do well. I think most of our teachers should be given medals for what they do, and give them the help they need to teach our children. The more you spend on education now,the less you will put out for poverty programs later. Unless children can learn, they cannot advance. Plain and simple. Give the teachers the tools and help they need now and they won't be looking for a different school to send their children to God bless our schools and our students, and God bless our country.And God bless the teachers who care for and educate our kids.

    7. Richard says:

      Amazed that You Support McCain and Liberman. they are some of the Biggest Destroyers of this country. i look at it this way if you hear a politian speak You Know Hes LYING. how about the Keating Six (mc cains Bunch (WOW you forget this) liberman (jumps Party to keep in office (which side of the Fence does he Play. ANY SIDE

      You Can't Trust Either One of these CLOWNS

    8. Richard says:

      was Wrong it was KEATING FIVE

    9. toledofan says:

      It's sad to say, but, until there is a government or an administration in place that really wants to address the problem rather than just throw more money into the current failed system, nothing is going to change. There should be a national debate about what really has to happen to change the way we teach our kids and what they should learn in school and what they should learn from their parents. It would be hard for the left to abandon their political correct agenda, but, it's preventing kids from being able to walk, talk, and chew gums at the same time, we have to force the basics. The other debate that has to take place is what and how do we address all the special needs ranging from mild forms of autism to the severe. Spending more money and hiring young teachers right out of college isn't the answer; there needs to be more mentoring and the ability to build briges so there can be more kids that can move ahead. The system needs to be fixed, pronto.

    10. Sam Thomsen, Raleigh says:

      It's important to emphasize that the "School Choice" movement is anti-bureaucracy, but solidly pro-teacher! We are not working to reduce the number of teachers, or to reduce their compensation. We are working to reorganize the education system to redirect resources to the classroom.

    11. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      "Talk is cheap" I have heard all the rhetoric speels from this administration but seen NO ACTION other than his unconstitutional health care and the trade bill he's trying to push through. He vowed "NO LOBBIEST" yet his administration is full of them, you cannot believe aything coming from his mouth or those connected with him. He's all smoke and mirrors.

    12. Robert, North Richla says:

      Vouchers are a disaster. The problem is pathetic, public [day-care centers] schools, where a complete lack of discipline, both academic and behavioral has destoyed the environment for learning. Superintendents (and their staffs) only care about "attendance" since that drives their funding – and their salaries. So we need to fix the problem by restoring discipline to the classroom, the hallways, the campus and the administration building. Students who lack the ability to behave – or who demonstrate violence or disruptive behavior – should be expelled. Private schools are about exclusivity and social class. Tuition at suburban private schools averages around $ 8,000 per year (before athletic fees and fundraisers), which is what the market will bear. When the children of the working class show up with their $ 5,000 vouchers (along with existing students who now have their own vouchers) – the tuition will "suddenly " increase to around $ 12,000 per year Inevitably, many students will leave public schools for greener pastures, With these losses in students (and the matching funding) how will the public schools meet their budgets and pay their debt (bonds) obligations? They will have to raise taxes. Bad, bad idea. Why not just fix the problem?

    13. Tara says:

      OK, I hate to be the bad guy here, but most of these kids are failing because they are not in homes that allow for any parental involvement regarding their educational prosperity whatsoever. Our family spent well over 150k MORE on a home in a certain county, based solely on the school systems. I am sorry, but I intend to "shelter" my child and give him every available learning opportunity available to my family that is economically possible. Schools systems have a direct influence on the housing markets and if "low-risk" students were allowed to roll up into an otherwise, highly acclaimed, well regarded school, with a high socioeconomic level, then what is that gong to do to the level of education that MY child receives and the kind of "at risk" children he is exposed to? Again, I realize that I may sound heartless, but we work very hard to live in a county, and in a school district that highly regards its parents, teachers, and students. I am not willing to stand by while some near drop out child comes in next to my child and disrupts the learning environment that I have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to have him in. And save the comments about private schools, we all know that the aforementioned issues exist in EVERY state. It would be yet ANOTHER punch to the belly of the housing market if any kid from a surrounding area could just come in and begin attending a high performing school. Think of how it would impact the children currently in the school. They would be left in a lurch waiting on the "at risk" children to get up to speed. I am sorry, but that is reverse discrimination, plain and simple. It is NOT the teachers that make a school great, it is the combination of the resources, teachers, parental involvement and an individual childs drive to succeed that makes a school outstanding, and if you just mix them all up then you will end up with MAJOR problems.

    14. Richard Cancemi, Arl says:

      First and foremost schools need to replace indoctrination with education. Socialist brain washing has produced a generation of youth who are low on the scales of Readin', Ritin' and 'Rithmetic as well as American History.

      Children need to learn HOW to think, not WHAT to think. All the money thrown at education for decades has not improved our schools because the teachers' unions have a lock on the system and are heavily infiltrated with Progressives.

      Before we continue to 'throw' more money away, let's improve on the providers. The receivers will benefit far more if we root out the incompetents and the social activists.

    15. Ervin Ackman, Austin says:

      Yes to all, but why do we, the tax-payers, allow ourselves to continue to be the "exploited? Another example of how unelected bureaucrats have locked us in to continued funding of a failed system (public education in this case) for the benefit of big government and big union. In order to get adequate education for our children, hard-working tax payers must not only continue to fund a broken system, but must also pay for alternative education. Our country cannot no longer continue down this road and expect to survive.

    16. R Holland, Chandler, says:

      Get the federal government out of the education business. Return responsibility and dollars to the states and local school boards. Eliminate the Department of Education. The school need to get back to basics and stop the PC stuff. Make them responsible for their actions and hold them accountable. Remove disturbances from the class rooms, i.e. cellphones. Make them have similar dress codes.

    17. Margaret Mueller, Ro says:

      How much of this can government solve? What really needs to change?

      Can we PLEASE change the mind-numbing school books that alienate children from our nation's heritage? I have three detached sons who have wearied of their mother trying to teach them that the bias in their school books does not reflect the great achievements our people. I strongly believe that if all children were taught that yes, the nation had social problems that were based in the ignorance of all people (regardless of nation), but our nation united to become a better people — that it would not alienate so many children of all backgrounds.

      And for too, too long the role of the father in academic success has been ignored. In a home where the father is not living with his children, there is only a 50-50 chance that those children will graduate. The value of the intact family must be appreciated for some of these statistics to change.

      Until the nation embraces problems like these, and unites for change, our dropout rates will continue, and our nation will suffer because the workforce is inadequate for the jobs.

    18. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Unless the calendar's been shortened by one day, why isn't it January 23-30?

    19. Hermes C Liberty New says:

      This is laudable. Along with the Repealing of healthcare, stressing actively and concretely for better choices and Freedom in Education sould be supported with all means. As some have observed, our school system is about to be left behind by others when we should be leading. The unionizing and other politicizing should be banned and the whole system retourned to espouse the Constitutional Principles that made America great; they are almost timeless.

    20. laurie, Hawaii says:

      I was forced to joing a union for over 30 years as a flight attendant. The union members are blindfolded while the union corrupt leaders steal the money and lie to the members while they are in charge of the decisions. It is a hateful situation and I love teachers and have many in my family. It is the union leaders that are the thugs. Stand up against these culprits, Mr. Obama, for once KEEP YOUR WORD AT LEAST TO THE CHILDREN……STOP THE HYPOCRISY AND FOOLING THE PEOPLE. IT'S TIME THE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH….THE LIES THAT OUR UNDER YOUR SKIN. ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN LIES. DO SOMETHING THAT WILL TRULY BENEFIT AMERICA RATHER THAN MORE DAMAGE BY YOUR PARALYZING LEGISLATION TO EVERY LIFE-STREAM OF AMERICA.

    21. Dr. Henry D. Sinopol says:

      Excellent idea, School Choice…Too bad it only applys to individuals who can afford it. If you want to motivate politicians to advance this concept, make it a requirement that all Washington elected officials children attend the same broken schools they force on the public. The Black community should be really angry at their representatives…for years they continue to keep poor children in sub-standard education.

      Too bad,,,. it will not change – good comment Heritage, but just like most issues put before life-long politicans…just a comment.

    22. KC - New Mexico says:

      National School Choice Week is a tremendous opportunity for educational and business leaders to meet and begin revising how we educate our children in this country. I purposely did not include politicians in this meeting since they generally do not have a clue, are bought by the teacher unions, and cannot understand a systems model approach.

      We have heard a lot recently about the education system in China. Since we are so determined to be owned by China, we might as well utilize their education system because it produces better results than ours. I am not accepting the China Mom’s style but we can learn much from the China process.

      In addition, we must take the opportunity to push alternative education programs. The large traditional public school systems have failed. There are multiple reasons and not having enough funding is not one of the reasons. Charter schools certainly are successful. As an example of successful charter schools, there are a few in New Mexico that are ranked near the top of the state’s high performing schools – along with the private and Catholic schools. These schools also have a large number of special education and a high diversity mix in their student population. Traditional public schools are not listed since they do not perform at this level.

      One potential fix to our poor education process is to start a mandatory and rigorous education approach in the elementary grades. Instead of having the traditional grades (1-6), there are not grades, only capability levels attained in reading, writing, and math. Mastery is required to advance through the levels of reading, writing, and math capabilities. Advancement is self paced along with continual assessment of performance grades (A-F). No social promotion, no excuses for bi-lingual or poor economic conditions. Parents are required to participate in the education process. Just think if the students have the capabilities to read, write, and compute, their middle and high school education would be more successful. Better results are attainable, money is not the answer, and real reform is the answer.

    23. RUTH WEDGEFIELD SC says:

      Every is in agreement, we need better rules and regulations in our education system, but snubbing our noses and pointing fingers, or calling names won't make it better. We need to all get and stay involved, with our school systems. There are so many disruptive students who stop the kids who want to learn from doing just that, if we only separated the classrooms into those who can and want to learn from those who don't, then maybe some of our children will advance and turn out to be the people we send them to schools to become. Clearly all children are not capable of learning at the same pace as others, why then hold the kids back who can advance rather than have all the kids not learn quicker to see if MAYBE the others will come up to snuff. I for one feel we are doing an injustice to the smarter kids by making them stay back where the not so smart ones are, we could be teaching on the level that a child is on, not the level that some of the slower kids are at no matter where they come from, have a dad in the home or not, and for sure not because of race or color. Any kid who can and wants to learn, should and any kid who can't or won't should be separated into a different group period.

    24. Gregg, Cape Ann says:

      With all of the talk around school choice, the Homeschooling family is left out of the conversation. Any conversation about freedom of educational choice needs to involve how to assist those who sacrifice to educate and raise their children at home. Homeschooling is not for everyone and I would not suggest it for anyone unless they are passionately dedicated to it. But with the growing trend of the homeschooling family, attention must be given to that form of educational choice.

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    26. Denise, Utah says:

      The liberals can not stand to have brighter, better educated children who grow up to be independent adults. They would lose their power and control because education equals independence. The liberals depend on the uneducated masses to elect them with the promises of "free stuff" to hold onto power. Obama at this point is giving us average Americans "lip service". Do you really think he cares about the children? NO! Look at the debt he has piled on the backs of these children. They'll never be able to pay it off, EVER!

    27. John Clancy says:

      Focusing on school-choice is a great idea. Our monolithic government schools are bureaucratic and inefficient. Further, there is something fundamentally incongruous about government schools in a free society–a conflict of interest, if you will.

      Choice will prove more competitive, more economic, more creative, more sensitive to the needs of our children. Most of all, it will tend to draw parents into the education-equation because they will "see" more clearly what their education-dollar is doing for their children.

      Choice will tend to introduce the means–computer programs, arts, technology–that are sensitive to the child's potential.

      Unions and progressives are presently in the driver's seat maintaining a monolithic system that needs to change in favor of parent involvement. The Department of Education in Washington needs to close in favor of State Departments to facilitate getting as close to the individual child as possible.

      We choose our doctors, our lawyers, our public officials. We need to be financially able to choose our schools.

      Milton Freidman saw the great value of choicel 50 years ago. Please God, this very American idea will be heard across our great country now. Let's set our parents free.

    28. Steven, Louisiana says:

      Wonderful! Parents should have the decision to send their kids to schools that focus on education, not babysitting and prison system disciplining. Unfortunately, government believes by stealing more taxpayer dollars and divvying it up to underachieving schools with despicable teachers and violent students, that will solve our abysmal education short comings. Washington D.C. schools are an example of this sickening mindset. States with the highest scholastic achievement, Minnesota and Iowa, for example, spend far less per student on education annually. If Barrack wouldn't send his precious daughters to these cesspools of pseudo-education, what makes these idiot politicians and NEA mobsters think I want to, either?

    29. Kathie , Arlington, says:

      All of these ideas are great, but we also need to figure out a way to quit spending taxpayer dollars educating non-citizens and their children. As a retired teacher at an alternative school, I know that an enormous portion of my time and my fellow teachers' time was spent on bringing students up to a level where they could pass the necessary state mandated tests for graduation. Also, these students read at a 4th or 5th grade level!! It's a national scandal.

    30. the groove Hamden, C says:

      I always had a problem with paying taxes for education when I never had any children to send to school. If someone wants better schooling let them pay and leave me alone. I pay more than my fair share. How come there isn't a law that states only people with children in school should pay? Sounds like sour grapes and it is. The education system has failed us for the most part. Hamden High School is a perfect example. Once the creme de la creme in the 50's and 60's. Check it out now.

    31. Bill Matthews, Mexia says:

      As a career teacher and administrator and retired Army colonel, I wince at the denegration of the public school system that has served this nation very well for over a hundred years. The negative generalizations just don't apply everywhere. For example, Texas does not have teacher's unions. School districts do the hiring and firing, evaluating, and professional development for all teachers and administrators in Texas. Secondly, little is said about the impact of state and federal unfunded mandates, and underfunded programs such as Special Education and No Child Left Behind. While a 60% graduation rate may be accurate for urban schools, those of us in rural school districts consistently graduate more than 95% of our students. We send a large number of our graduates on to college and other post-secondary education and many of our students graduate with up to 30 semester hours of college as a result of our dual-credit programs with local colleges. Home schooling, vouchers, etc. are simply not an option for most rural students. The authors of these damning statistics really should examine what is good about public education instead of painting the whole of it with a negative brush.

      Bill Matthews

      LTC USA Armor Retired

    32. Bill Matthews, Mexia says:

      I should have included this in my earlier post. The federal government has no business in education in this country. There is no constitutional support for a federal role, and prior to 1965 there was no federal role. The Department of Education should be abolished, now. The 10th Amendment clearly gives the states responsibility for functions not specifically given to the federal government. Therefore, education should be a state function, not federal.

      Bill Matthews

      LTC USA Armor (Retired)

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    36. Lee-White Tanks AZ says:

      There is really nothing that can "out rank" this the significance of the recognition that our public schools have failed. They have become nothing more than indoctrination and propaganda sites for government and leftist causes.

      We are today seeing the culmination of almost 100 years of steadily deteriorating quality in education. This has been deliberate and is the result of government and labor jointly operating to remove God, insert misdirection and misinformation regarding America and its heritage, and provide public funding of union political activity.

      Alternate K-12 educational opportunities where individual responsibility, the basic 3 Rs, and unadulterated history are taught is a vital first step to righting the leftward, collectivist, anti-God tilt being pushed by the Establishment Educators.

      Something that could also be done, right now, by this congress, is to defund the Federal Department of Education. This would accomplish wonders in immediate improvement in our classrooms. It might actually bring teachers back to the classroom to teach rather than filling out endless forms dreamed up by "civil servants" (that's a real choker these days). I feel anything but serviced by our ubiquitous government bureaucracy. Teachers live with it every day.

    37. Tina, Dallas, Texas says:

      Unfortunately for the large majority of children the U.S., they were not born with silver spoons in their mouths to be able to make choices about the schools they attend. In rural areas and small towns across the country, their ony choice is the public school system within their district. The fact that the Republicans want to take my tax dollars from the public school system to give to the more affluent of this country to fund tuition for private schools, only hurts the educational opportunities for the less fortunate. Lower & middle income students should not be given less of an education because of politics. Instead, our elected officials should work together to provide quality educational opportunities for our children in this country we call the United States of America.

    38. Ron from South Carol says:

      I wish Nikki Haley, our new Governor of the great state of South Carolina, would not have back tracked on her early committment towards promoting private school choices. Unfortunately, someone apparently got to her and she has since decided not to push it. No positive changes are possible until public education is privatized. The gobs of money that have been collected and spent on public education is unfathonable to be in the shape we are in.

    39. West Texan says:

      To Kathie in Arlington. Illegal workers do pay their share in state and local sales taxes. No different than a legal citizen that doesn't pay property taxes. At the national level, Texan's earnings are exploited via so called aid, which is but a fractional return of dollars paid into an ever growing socially progressive federal government.

    40. San Antonio Teacher says:

      I am a conservative independent and having been a teacher and coach for 25 years, I typically agree with most of what the Heritage Foundation writes but I have always resented the term "failing schools". Try "failing families" and "failing homes". Because the American home is deteriorating the product being sent to learn in our schools is one that places no value in an education. Students don't do their homework, prepare for tests, much less focus on any academic pursuit what so ever. Our schools have the responsibilty to teach, the students have the responsibilty to learn, and parents have the responsibility to make sure their children are learning. The schools are not responsible for rearing children, only educating them. The American family is failing their children. We have never been able to legislate morality, character, the ability to instill values in our children, or the ability to know right from wrong. These values must be taught at home. So please remember that when you see a school that is labeled a "failing school", there are a hell of a lot of failing parents that created it.

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    41. Dr. La Verne Tolbert says:

      To urge parents to make a wise choice in selecting their child's school, they may want to read the startling research about what's going on in today's public schools and how it impacts our children in the book, Keeping You & Your Kids Sexually Pure: A How-To Guide for Parents, Pastors, Youth Workers, and Teachers.

    42. Doug Michigan says:

      San Antonio teacher needs to get his head on straight.All legislation is legislating morality,it is only a question of whose morality.The Federal government should not be in the business of telling states where education money should be spent or how. Local control and accountability is essential for real reform and will never occur when Washington politics and Union lobbies are in charge.

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