Near its conclusion, the report notes, understatedly, that there are those who view a voucher plan to relieve public-school overcrowding as "a test case for a more comprehensive private-school voucher program.
Though its conclusion is somewhat ambiguous and weak, the report is a powerful argument against school vouchers and using nonpublic schools to alleviate public-school overcrowding.
In New York City, public-school janitors earn an average of $60,000 a year.
Profit seems to be a dirty word in the public-school world; critics of firms such as EAI call them "edu-profiteers.
In addition to the public-school teachers who prefer private management, a growing number of free-lance teachers recognize that an education market can offer more freedom, greater professionalism, and better compensation for talented instructors.
Sylvan Learning Systems, a national tutorial company, provides remedial education to public-school students under the federal Chapter 1 program.
Choice among public schools within the community was favored 68 to 31 percent by public-school parents but, curiously, by only 61 to 38 percent of nonpublic-school parents.
The poll found that 68 percent of public-school parents and 63 percent of nonpublic-school parents rate the nation's public schools average to excellent; only 21 percent of public, and 27 percent of nonpublic-school parents rated them D or F.
When asked to name the biggest problems faced by public schools in their communities, 24 percent of public-school parents rated "lack of proper financial support" the top problem--well ahead of drug abuse (14 percent), lack of discipline (15 percent), and fighting/ violence/guns (14 percent).
As it happens, the "integration" of such bastions is probably a more likely scenario under a purely public-school
choice plan (which is why we're unlikely to see many across entire metropolitan areas).
But whereas I'm joking, the public-school
officionadoes are apparently serious: how else to interpret the claim of these hands-on experts that vouchers are bad because parents, given half a choice, will yank their kids out of public schools and deposit them in Satanic Tech?