Texas Ed: Comments on Education from Texas

February 7, 2007

How will private schools be held accountable for vouchers?

Filed under: Accountability, Education reform — texased @ 7:37 pm

MySA.com: Metro | State:

Sen. Kyle Janek, R-Houston, plans to introduce a school voucher bill later this month that would allow up to 5 percent of the low-income children in the state’s largest urban school districts to attend a school of their choice at taxpayer expense.”

It will target those folks who don’t have the means to take their kids out of bad schools and put them in some place better or safer,” Janek said, adding that his bill would include strict accountability measures.

So how will parents know that they are placing their children in better safer schools? Will they have the same ratings from TEA for comparison to private schools? Why should the private school not have to prove they’re “good” in the same way that public schools have to? Why should public schools be held accountable and risk losing students and not private schools that receive vouchers?

If the public money is going to follow the students, the public accountability has to as well. After all, that’s why we’re giving them vouchers in the first place, because some school didn’t meet standards.

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