Vouchers are already here, under another name

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 1/24/12

I’ve been thinking about charter schools and school vouchers for a long time.

Many have said that vouchers are the slippery slope to privatization of the public schools, from which charter schools are already draining funds. I share the same fear. But the more I learn, the less simple it seems.

Let’s remember that charters are public schools too, in the sense that they are paid for by the taxpayer, are accountable for student performance through the statewide PSSA tests, and are subject to public and media scrutiny through PA Right To Know laws….

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