Group Stands Against School Vouchers In Pa.

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — The Pennsylvania State Senate met to discuss the possibility of school choice in the Commonwealth and KDKA’s Mike Pintek discussed the issue with Joseph Bard.  Bard is the Executive Director of  the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools and the newly formed Pennsylvanians Opposed to Vouchers.  He obviously doesn’t favor the concept of vouchers.  Take a listen.

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  • Therese Kolodziej

    Instead of giving more perks to poorer districts, It’s time we take a look at why we keep poor performing teachers. Get rid of tenure and the unions that are the biggest problem. No one can keep a job if their performance is inadequate yet we keep protecting teachers that are failing. They should be on probation for at least 5 yrs. to prove they are worth the position. I paid for 12 yrs. of catholic school for two kids and my grandchildren are paying 10 times as much . If we are paying taxes for schools, then we should be able to control who is hired and fired if they do not perform well. If private schools are that much better, then its time to get rid of the public schools and not only help the poorer kids but all the kids whose parents are footing the bill.
    I do not want to pay to send children to a school of their choice if the parents cannot pay.

    • Kathy M.

      A few things, Ms. Kolodziej: First, you should realize that private and parochial school students do NOT have to take the PSSA test, which is the test that all students in certain grades must take if they attend any public school in the Commonwealth. Scores from these tests are then used to evaluate a school’s overall performance. With that said, I find it very difficult to adequately compare private vs. public educational performance seeing as how the criterion for evaluation is obviously not the same.

      Second, public schools must try to educate ALL who walk through the doors. Private and parochial schools can be more selective with their clientele.

      Third, what qualifications do you possess that will enable you to “… be able to control who is hired and fired if they do not perform well”? I am a consumer, but I don’t pretend to know how to run a successful business just because I shop often and spend money, and I certainly do not have the audacity to believe that I should be able to “control” that business’ hiring/firing practices. Being a taxpayer does not qualify you to make decisions of this nature, either.

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