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Letter: ‘No’ on vouchers a ‘yes’ for better schools

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Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 4:58 pm | Updated: 11:36 am, Wed Jan 18, 2012.

Vouchers are wrong for Arizona. The Tribune has been reporting that legislators are considering a bill for vouchers. These would be used for students to choose private schools, when class sizes are too big, or for those with special needs.

When is America going to wake up and do something right for our education? Remember that private schools: 1) select their students, 2)require parent involvement, 3) require uniforms and 4) enforce rules and expel students who misbehave. Remember that public schools: 1) take all students from all walks of life, 2) hope that parents care, 3) pick their "battles" on rule enforcement and 4) understand that not all students are going to be "Einsteins" and that everyone is to succeed in life and teach the skills they need to progress and make good choices.

An example of picking your students: Gilbert school district has a "Classical Academy." Students take a test to enter, take a foreign language. all have laptops, strict rules are enforced, students wear uniforms and the school is top-rated. An example of lack of parent involvement: full-day kindergarten. Why do parents want it? So they do not have to pay a babysitter.

Please write your legislators (http://www.azleg.gov/memberroster.asp) and tell them no to vouchers. Our public dollars need to be in public education and get class sizes down, pay teachers more, require parent volunteer hours and uniforms, and enforce all rules.

We have awesome educators in the public school system; give them the support they need to have success for every child they are involved with.

Ilene Whipple

Gilbert

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