I do not believe we should repeal the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as it will defund public schools and make education about big business. When schools are looked at as money makers the focus is no longer on the students and what's best for them. Keep big business out of our schools and the "voucher" programs that go with it. I've noticed they also tried to slip in the No Hungry Kids Act which does not support nutrition standards for the children. That is NOT in anyone's best interest!
Calling this resolution the "Choice" act is a euphemism at best, and devious gross misrepresentation at worst. Vouchers are lovely if you are already reasonably affluent, and have access to options. Students in mid to low SES will not have access to these sterling charter schools. So it's a segregation of sorts. Let's make public education work for everyone in this wonderful country of ours! A well educated populace benefits all of us.
Please vote, "No" on House Bill 610. I am strongly opposed to the CHOICE act. Public school money needs to stay with public schools, many of which, across the country, are underfunded. Channeling that money away from public schools is not acceptable. In addition, there are many necessary and wonderful programs to help all children, especially those with special needs and those who are economically disadvantaged. Programs to promote social learning and those that give all children the tools they need for learning are the keys to bettering our society. There are vast disparities across American families and in order for all children to get a solid education, we need these programs. Providing the best foundation to optimize our public education system helps everyone. About 90% of students in the United States attend public schools. This segment of the population represents the largest group who will be supporting the aging population.
Dear GOP, please stop trying to privatize everything. Making a profit from education means more money for institutional shareholders and CEOs and less money spent on students. Get the greedy paws of your for-profit charter school lobbyists away from our public education tax dollars. And your attempt to get rid of the nutritious meals requirement is absolutely reprehensible. How much is the snack industry paying the GOP for that one?
House Bill 610 should not be passed and the repeal of the Education Act of 1965 should not happen! Studies are being released that School Vouchers do not work, and all it really does is take needed moneys away from public schools! Please consider voting NAY on HB610
Parents already have choice. They can choose public, private, or homeschooling for their children. This bill now says parents will get the money to homeschool their children that the public schools received. This will also allow parents the ability to have their students attend any school in the district which is a logistical nightmare for schools and personnel. The so-called good schools and districts will be overcrowded and other schools will be left almost empty.
I am NOT in favor of anything that weakens public schools, when we should be investing more in them. Private schools and charter schools that can teach what they want with no oversight, only damages the fabric of our nation.
If and when private schools have to follow the exact rules public schools have to follow, then I might support a voucher system. However, by that point they effectively would be public schools, so what would be the point? If you think public schools are broken, do your job and fix the laws that regulate them.
Please vote no on “Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education Act” or the “CHOICE Act”.
This is a sneaky little bill. Private schools often send the students with disabilities to public schools for speech therapy, etc. By sending the money to the private schools for disabled students you will weaken the public schools. Why would the people have to pay for a disabled students private school tuition when there are public schools set-up for their needs. This really angers me as a parent of a child with disabilities. The private schools are simply not equipped to handle their needs. Take a look at SEC. 202. Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
(a) Children enrolled in private schools by their parents.—Section 612(a)(10)(A) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(10)(A)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
“(viii) PARENT OPTION PROGRAM.—If a State has established a program that meets the requirements of section 663(c)(11) (whether statewide or in limited areas of the State) and that allows a parent of a child described in section 663(c)(11)(A) to use public funds, or private funds in accordance with 633(c)(11)(B)(ii), to pay some or all of the costs of attendance at a private school—
This will only be a "choice" for the wealthy. Most Americans cannot afford to pay the difference between a voucher and tuition. Our public schools need more funding, not less. Will never vote for and member of Congress or Senate who supports this bill.