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moncler outlet While I have little desire to get into a philosophical debate with the teachers’ moncler saldi outlet union over the concept of vouchers in general, I feel compelled to moncler outlet online uomo respond to Marietta English’s commentary in The Sun about Otis Rolley’s education platform. (“Balto. teachers union head: Rolley’s voucher plan moncler outlet online uomo isn’t the answer,” June 22). moncler outlet

piumini moncler Ms. English accuses Mr. Rolley of including vouchers in his platform as “campaign rhetoric,” yet she herself relies pretty heavily on rhetoric to criticize it. For example, she cites a study of a pilot program in New York that suggests a broad voucher program would result in “a two tiered system of schools divided along economic and racial lines.” And she points to another researcher in Arizona who estimates that vouchers in piumini moncler scontatissimi that state moncler bambino outlet were a windfall for wealthy parents whose students were already in private schools. piumini moncler

moncler outlet serravalle Both of these examples are red herrings meant to paint Mr. Rolley’s proposal as class warfare or, even worse, a solution that will piumini moncler further divide our city along racial lines. First of all, he is not recommending a broad, moncler outlet system wide voucher program as a “solution” to the poor quality of our schools. Mr. Rolley has proposed a very targeted and limited use of vouchers as an immediate remedy for students in our worst middle schools, not as a long term fix for the district’s problems. It is a recognition that, although some improvements have been made, it is unfair for us to moncler outlet trebaseleghe ask our current students to suffer through inadequate schools while we make incremental improvements that may help future generations piumini moncler outlet of students. moncler outlet serravalle

moncler outlet trebaseleghe Secondly, Ms. English ignores the fact that Mr. Rolley called for means testing these limited vouchers, preventing the kind of windfall that Arizona may have provided to wealthy parents. Not to mention the fact that the students at moncler bambino saldi Baltimore’s worst performing middle schools are virtually all students of color. moncler outlet trebaseleghe

moncler saldi outlet Ms. English also expresses concern that pulling up to $25 million in funding out of the district’s budget will somehow halt the reforms that are working. Again, there has been some limited improvement, but it is not across the moncler outlet online shop board, and it is not enough. Mr. Rolley’s limited voucher program would no doubt help some moncler saldi students access better schools immediately. And since BCPSS has a budget that surpasses $1 billion per year, it is unlikely that this small program moncler donna will derail other reform efforts of the district. It is even feasible that closing a handful of poor performing schools might actually make it easier moncler saldi uomo for the district to continue the gains that have been made in other schools. moncler saldi outlet

moncler bambino saldi Another criticism from Ms. English is that since $10,000 isn’t enough to cover the tuition at places like Gillman or Friends, Mr. Rolley’s voucher program would have no value to the targeted families. I say let’s test moncler uomo that theory out. Let’s ask piumini moncler uomo Baltimore’s families what they think. I personally think that there are plenty of parochial outlet moncler schools that perform better than Baltimore’s worst middle schools where $10,000 would more than cover costs. And moncler outlet serravalle there are plenty of other families who might be able to cover half the cost at the more elite institutions. For them, that $10,000 voucher could make those schools accessible. Where piumini moncler saldi is the harm in testing the market and seeing if it helps even some of the kids at the worst performing schools? moncler bambino saldi

moncler outlet online uomo Ms. English’s last point and the one I suspect she cares most about is the idea that “fewer students in the public school system means that fewer teachers will be hired or retained.” But that is only partly true. It, no doubt, means fewer teachers at BCPSS. But Mr. Rolley’s proposed voucher program would be limited to schools in Baltimore City. Private and parochial schools hire teachers too, don’t they? The net impact on the number of teaching jobs in the city would be zero, though fewer of those jobs would be dues paying union jobs within BCPSS. And that may be what is really driving Ms moncler outlet online uomo.

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