Thursday, February 1, 2007

No on 148, No to Vouchers: Accountability

The Bill’s major accountability problems lie in the sponsor’s unwillingness to allow:

  • Curriculum standards, so extreme religious or political viewpoints may be freely disseminated. The bill makes no exemptions as to what a school may teach, including pro-racism, pro-polygamy,
  • Rigorous testing standards, allowing only “a norm-referenced test scored by an independent party that provides a comparison of the student's performance to other students on a national basis.” This leaves the state and districts unable to make strict comparisons between the achievement of publicly- and privately-educated pupils. Another example of how proponents do not wish to allow a definite comparison between public and private education.
  • Attendance standards for school days and time; one grade could be completed in a month, week, or even hours under this model.
  • Regular audits to be released to the public or disciplinary actions in the face of financial impropriety.

1 comment:

Marshall said...

I see the worst thing about vouchers is that people that have been sold that this will increase their educational choices will be sadly disappointed. No child in this state will be able to go to a private school on vouchers alone. This is a complete bait and switch at its core. What we will have is a subsidy for rich parents that don't want their kids hanging out with our kids.