QUESTIONS and CONCERNS on Private School Vouchers

I am concerned about the un-intended consequences of helping lower income families send their children to private k-12 campuses, over the long term.

  • Who will decide who gets a voucher?
    • The elected government body?
      • TX Legislators
      • County Appraiser
      • Local ISD Board
    • Some appointed/unelected bureaucrat?
      • State appointed Board
      •  County appointed board
      • Local appointed board
  • Will vouchers be offered to all children ages 4 through 18?
    • Only those in a household under a certain income level (Another Entitlement Program), i.e. another Robin Hood template; take from the “rich” and give to the “poor”
    • If vouchers are selectively issued, then this will require an increase of government bureaucracy to implement and monitor, adding to the administrative costs and paid for by the taxpayer.
  • How will home-schoolers have a voice at the table and benefit from vouchers?
    • How much red tape will be required to qualify?
    • Will there be an income threshold to satisfy?
    • Can single parent households qualify?
    • Can the parent “teacher” maintain a job (full or partime)?
    • Will an assessment test be implemented to provide accountability to the taxpayer?
    • How much more government administrative offices will be created to monitor this activity, increasing the cost to the taxpayer?
    • Will graduating students now be required to take a government sanctioned exit test, not currently in place?
  • What will be the dollar value of each voucher?
    • Will it be uniform across Texas?
    •  Will it be uniform across a county?
    • Will it be uniform across an ISD?
    • Will it be tied to the individual property owner’s taxes-paid into the system?
  • Eventually will all private schools be required to accept vouchers or pay a “penalty or tax”?
    • How can this be prevented over time considering our Texas Constitution is amended every 2 years and the political tide is ever changing?
  • Will the teachings of Sharia law be subsidized with tax dollars?
    • Who will monitor and how will the monitoring of curriculum taught be handled?
    • Will this serve like the current system and merely increase the administrative costs to monitor and take away dollars from the classroom expenses?
  •  Will the private school accrediting agencies be required to conform to the same failing social and academic policies that have ruined our public schools?  http://www.tepsac.org/agencies.cfm
    • Will new standards testing be implemented to monitor success rates and provide accountability to the taxpayers?
    • Will more government mandates increase the administrative costs to private schools?
  • I can see all KINDS of lawsuits over this and it will most likely ruin the “affordable” private educational system by draining their capital with lengthy suits and being drug through the courts, taking away yet another “choice” we currently may enjoy.
    • How will lawsuits be handled?
    • Who can sue whom?
    • How many more laws will be necessary to put the government in charge of the “providers” of non-public education?
    • Who pays for defending the private provider?
    • Who pays for the defending the government?
  • With our Texas Constitution being amended every two years, and the political tide ever changing, how often will the Texas Legislature and the Texas State Board of Education pass policies to dictate (water down) the academics and social standards?  How can I be assured that voucher policies of today will stand the test of time for my posterity?
  • Will Free Market Solutions become obsolete, therefore serving to increase the amount of poor campuses; contrary to the goal of vouchers?
    • Under performing schools may become dependent on voucher revenue to stay in operation, whereas they would have closed down without government assistance, i.e. the voucher revenue may be just enough to keep the doors open
    • Overpriced schools may stay open with the voucher revenue, whereas they would have closed down without government assistance, i.e. free market principles currently allow the best services for the price to be offered

Placing MORE government mandates on successful private education institutions will eventually increase the amount of failing campuses, which should be contrary to the intended goal of school vouchers.

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