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Vouchers Are Designed to Eliminate Public Schools, Keystone Politics 10/31/11

posted Jan 10, 2012, 8:11 AM by Bill Duncan

Vouchers Are Designed to Eliminate Public Schools

“This has nothing to do with helping the poor children of Philadelphia,” said State Sen. Daylin Leach. “The organizations that are funding the pro-voucher movement are very open that they want to eliminate public schools.”

Almost two-thirds of Pennsylvanians disapprove of vouchers, according to recent polling, and the bill requires passage in the House to become law. Said Democracy Rising PA’s Tim Potts, “The legislators’ interests trump the will of the voters.”
To qualify for vouchers, students must be accepted by private or parochial schools, an achievement critics believe few children at low-performing institutions may accomplish. “Most of the money will go to kids already attending private and parochial schools,” said the Education Law Center’s Baruch Kintisch. “Whenever politics takes over the discussion of education policy, the neediest students always lose.”