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I'm Excited About This Option
|Posted By: Susan Williams on December 9, 2008|
|I'm a parent first, but a concerned citizen as well, and I want top-quality educational opportunities for ALL children in our state.|
The best way to lift up low-income kids is to mix them with middle- and high-income kids, who come from structured homes with stable, employed, college-educated parents AND, most importantly, who are in that school by choice. But unless the curriculum is worth a commute of many miles, and controlled by parents and teachers instead of educrats, that crucial mix of students doesn't happen successfully.
The best way to do it is through private-sector initiatives such as private schools that are set up to be funded through tuition from middle-class families, and supplemental private scholarships for low-income families, with necessary additional fund-raising from the wider community to make it financially feasible.
I would have set up such a school in a heartbeat when my third grader started kindergarten, if tuition tax credits were legal in our state. Since they weren't, parents couldn't afford tuition, even though it would have been about one-third ($3,500) as much as our public schools are spending per pupil (over $10,000).
I really hope tuition tax credits get legalized all around the country, and inspire innovative private-sector solutions at long last.