••can ye pass the acid test?••

ye who enter here be afraid, but do what ye must -- to defeat your fear ye must defy it.

& defeat it ye must, for only then can we begin to realize liberty & justice for all.

time bomb tick tock? nervous tic talk? war on war?

or just a blog crying in the wilderness, trying to make sense of it all, terror-fried by hate radio and FOX, the number of whose name is 666??? (coincidence?)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

jive choice school daze

if you think "school choice" vouchers is a good idea, you need to look at the numbers.

even if the entire US education department budget were put into vouchers it would come to less than $1000 per student per year—nowhere near enough to cover private school tuition.

the main effect would be to funnel federal funds away from public schools that get them now and into the pockets of parents of private school students. vouchers would give them a tuition discount.

parents fooled into supporting the plan include a small percentage of latinos and african americans misled into believing it will help their kids—the kids already most hurt by under-funded public schools.

gops are fond of saying you can't solve a problem by throwing money at it. they apparently mean to solve poor performance of some schools by taking money away from them and giving it to folk who already have more than most of us.

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