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Education "vouchers" solve the fiscal crisis, and also lead to economic recovery?

Simply open up K-12 education to the market place, with government only playing a role by financing the students with a yearly education check of $8000.

*www.usagovernmentspending.com shows American local governments spending $458.3 billion for K-12 education in 2012.
*(Sir Ken Robinson says this education system is a complete failure)
*The new education cost of $8000 education check to 50 million K-12 students is $400 billion per year
*This saves $58.3 billion
*(a $6000 check would save $158.3 billion)
*The yearly education check allows students(and their parents) to choose how, when, where, and what they learn, and also who teaches them
*The yearly education check of $8000 opens up a $400B/year market to entrepreneurs, teachers, and creatives
*($6000 check opens up a $300B/year market to entrepreneurs, teachers, and creatives)

State fiscal crisis solved, federal fiscal crisis solved, and the new education market leads America's economic recovery.

Thoughts everyone?

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  • Jan 14 2013: Vouchers are just another tax break for the wealthy.

    They claim that the poor will finally be able to attend the same schools as the children of wealthy families, but it simply isn't true. Top private school tuition can cost as much as $40,000 a year. An $8,000 voucher leaves poor families $32,000 short of ever being able to send their kids to the same school. This is $32,000 they don't have, and as such would never be able to take advantage of it.

    There are schools that cost significantly less, but they simply can't afford to provide a robust and flexible curriculum tailored to the individual strengths and weaknesses of each student, nor can they adequately prepare your children for college. For them, it is simply more cost effective to buy 30 bibles and teach theology, then it is to build fully functioning physics, chemistry, and biology labs and staff them with knowledgeable teachers.

    http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/06/22/private-school-tuition-hits-the-stratosphere-40-000-per-year/
    • Jan 15 2013: Every comment you make is completely false Brock. Your spreading of lies is motivated by an anti-religious hate agenda and it is getting old.

      -Tax money comes from high income earners, big ticket buyers, and profitable companies. Vouchers are taking money away in the form of taxes from the wealthy and redistributing 99% of it to the 99%. It takes money from the rich and puts it into the hands of the poor.
      -Vouchers give $8000 to the poor to spend on education instead of $0 they currently get .
      -Vouchers give the poor the opportunity to choose any public school. The poor are currently locked into a public school by zip code.
      -$8000 a student; 10 students is $80,000. 1000 hours of instructional teaching is $80/hr for a group tutor on 10 students.

      Do you understand that food stamps are not designed so the poor can eat in 5-star hotel lobbies every day?

      It's quite sad that you feel disgusted that Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Hindus providing their children with a religious education. Jefferson wrote extensively on how government should not interfere with religion, and here you are trying to mandate the stopping of religious education? "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". With vouchers, all of your blind-faith Atheists will finally have a market to open schools for Atheists.

      What is it about religious liberty and freedom that you don't understand Brock?
      • Jan 15 2013: "Tax money comes from high income earners..."

        That is partly true, but it is irrelevant.

        "Vouchers give $8000 to the poor to spend on education instead of $0 they currently get ."

        If the poor can't afford the remaining tuition, it gives them nothing.

        "Vouchers give the poor the opportunity to choose any public school."

        And then funds that school with less money. From your numbers, current public school costs $9,166. Your entire argument is that vouchers save money. They simply don't.

        "What is it about religious liberty and freedom that you don't understand Brock?"

        You are more than welcome to fund your own religious choices with your own personal income.
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      Jan 15 2013: How is it a tax break, it is their taxes that is pays for 70% of the education cost.
      Oh yes giving them back a little so their kids can pays the education cost of you grandkids is totally wrong.
      • Jan 15 2013: It isn't too hard to understand. The wealthy are the only ones than can effectively use them, hence it is a benefit for wealthy people - a tax rebate in a sense. I'm not making a morality statement, just a statement of fact. I leave it to the reader to decide whether or not we should spend more to help the poor or more to help the rich.
        • Jan 16 2013: Brock this is pretty simple...

          Education doesn't cost 40,000 a year just because thats what Andover charges for it... and if you think that our entrepreneurial community can't figure out a way to educate grade school students for under ten thousand a year then you haven't been paying much attention to what this website is about... Also for people who would prefer to send their kids to a school that costs 20k they're still having to take into consideration that the true cost is closer to 30k because they're still paying taxes towards a system they aren't using.

          The most compelling point I think about vouchers is that it removes the monopoly the federal government has on our most precious resource, namely the developing minds of our youth... and just like they taught me in public schools growing up... when real competition doesn't exist the consumer suffers and that is the most basic truth about why our education system is subpar.
        • Jan 16 2013: Zac I'm afraid the real reason our education system is subpar is that our sociiety does not value it., except perhaps as an employment and babysitting device. Why do you think that Jewish and Asian students do so well? It is not "nature", it is their culture., Which we simply do not share very much.. In Ancient China, "Scholars" were considered to be the elite.. Businessmen were lumped in with the trash collectors. I'm not saying we should imitate that, but it gives some background to the discussion.
        • Jan 16 2013: Zac, excellent comment
          Day care centers 6:30-18:30 are $200 a week? $8000 voucher, 40 weeks? That takes care of K-5.

          Brock,
          Do you want to regulate supermarkets to make sure people don't buy Kosher food with their food stamps?

          Shawn,
          With vouchers, Jews and Asians who are American citizens would be free to choose to use their $8000 of voucher money at schools run by people that actually value education. No longer would they be forced into a public school attended by and run by non-Asian and non-Jew politicians, teachers, students, and parents who don't value education. What are your thoughts on that?

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