English II 4th Hour
February 25, 2014
School Choice And Its Downfall On Education
School choice is a rising issue in Louisiana, and across the nation. Everyday, thousands of children attend a failing school, many of which have become dangerous and corrupt. Lawmakers and educational organizations site school choice for low income families as a solution for not only fixing failing schools, but getting children into the jobs of the future through higher education. This solution is too simple and political to work. School choice is a bad policy that weakens school and lowers overall school scores and performance.
In this school choice program, the vouchers for government paid tuition to a private school, or the transfer to another public school would be exclusively offered to low income families. This would then send poor students from failing schools to high scoring public or private school. First off, these well scoring schools will become crowded and over attended. A cap could be placed on the number of voucher students these schools could take, but that would defeat the purpose of the bill. Secondly, with more students coming from the high amount of failing schools Louisiana has, the student to teacher ration will be massively reduced at well scoring public and private schools. With that same issue in mind, school resources are already limited and will quickly be de-plenished. With out the ability to continue buying more and more resources, and with out the ability to hire more and more teachers, schools will become weak and
This program would also encourage students to move to their area’s best scoring schools. Many low income students are low scoring students and a large migration of these students to higher ranking schools will cause the schools to drop in scores. This higher number of students will result in a lower student to teacher ratio. The lower ratio means that there is less of a chance that...
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