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November 20, 2013
The use of vouchers makes so much sense, but The Sun and other liberal organizations will never fully back them since they give the poor an opportunity to become "haves" and diminishes the government's control of the "have nots" ( "An open letter to the NAACP," Nov. 17). Too bad for the folks, but good for big government. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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NEWS
November 20, 2013
The use of vouchers makes so much sense, but The Sun and other liberal organizations will never fully back them since they give the poor an opportunity to become "haves" and diminishes the government's control of the "have nots" ( "An open letter to the NAACP," Nov. 17). Too bad for the folks, but good for big government. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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NEWS
September 13, 2012
For once I agree with Marta Mossburg, that something needs to be done about Baltimore City public schools ("Baltimore City schoolchildren deserve a real choice," Sept. 12). But I'm very curious where she came up with the numbers she uses to push her idea for vouchers. Unless she's living in a very different world from Baltimore, her numbers just don't add up. She says that Baltimore City spends $14,711 per student, which she says is the third highest in the nation. That may be true, but then she follows it up by saying, "Private school costs are lower than public school costs" and that a voucher system would cost only $42,00 per pupil over a three year period.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | November 17, 2013
Those familiar with my life story understand my emotional approach to educational opportunity - particularly where the story line ends in opportunity denied. Simply put, I got lucky at a tender age. Enough athletic and academic prowess, in addition to scholarship aid, gave me the opportunity to attend excellent schools. These institutions set me on a successful path; each afforded me unlimited opportunities and important relationships that I have taken advantage of throughout my life.
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By Neal R. Peirce | May 4, 1999
FRESHMAN Gov. Jeb Bush deserves the nationwide attention he's garnered for persuading the Florida legislature to approve America's first statewide school voucher plan.What's most ingenious about the Florida plan is its targeting -- private school vouchers of up to $4,000 a year, but only to kids who've been in schools that rank lowest in the state in comprehensive student testing.By linking the new "opportunity scholarships," to the possibility of brightened life prospects for thousands of kids now trapped in the most benighted schools, Mr. Bush has given the entire voucher concept a moral stature it's never before enjoyed.
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By Kalman R. Hettleman | October 17, 2000
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES Al Gore and George W. Bush slug it out regularly on school vouchers. Mr. Bush is for them; Mr. Gore's not. But the real voucher action is in the states. Ballot initiatives on Nov. 7 in California and Michigan have become national battlegrounds. Both sides in both states are warring over vouchers as if the future of public schooling is at stake. And it may be. Across the country, proposals to use public funds to enable students to attend the private schools of their choice are proliferating.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | October 4, 2000
WASHINGTON - In a partial victory for advocates of school vouchers, a Florida court ruled yesterday that the state constitution allows the use of public funds to cover private school tuition. At the same time, the state District Court of Appeal said it was not deciding other challenges to Florida's program - the nation's first statewide voucher plan. Those issues should be decided first in a lower court, it said. Yesterday's ruling overturned a decision in March by a state trial judge, who found that under Florida's constitution "tax dollars may not be used to send the children of this state to private schools."
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | November 1, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- Ever since the end of World War II, California has prided itself as the state "on the cutting edge of change" in the nation. This is where new ideas and fads start and then, in time, spread East.Most notable was Proposition 13, approved by California voters in 1978, that put a lid on local property taxes and led to the taxpayers' revolt that caught on in many other states.So it was with great enthusiasm and hope that important conservative thinkers and leaders around the country embraced the latest proposed California experiment -- school vouchers.
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By Jean Thompson and Jean Thompson,SUN STAFF | November 22, 1996
A mayoral task force recommended yesterday that Baltimore shun tax-funded school vouchers, and instead end neighborhood-based enrollment to improve public schools.Coming on the eve of bigger changes in school management, it was unclear when or whether the task force's preliminary recommendations would be adopted.The Mayor's Task Force on School Choice also recommended that Baltimore:Open more magnet schools and programs to increase students' options for career and college preparatory education.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF | April 4, 1997
More than 250 people turned out yesterday at a West Baltimore rally to oppose vouchers to allow public school students to attend private schools -- a proposal that rally sponsors said would lead to the dismantling of public education."
NEWS
September 13, 2012
For once I agree with Marta Mossburg, that something needs to be done about Baltimore City public schools ("Baltimore City schoolchildren deserve a real choice," Sept. 12). But I'm very curious where she came up with the numbers she uses to push her idea for vouchers. Unless she's living in a very different world from Baltimore, her numbers just don't add up. She says that Baltimore City spends $14,711 per student, which she says is the third highest in the nation. That may be true, but then she follows it up by saying, "Private school costs are lower than public school costs" and that a voucher system would cost only $42,00 per pupil over a three year period.
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Marta H. Mossburg | September 11, 2012
"Greetings from Maryland, home of the number one public school system in America for four years in a row!" That is how Gov. Martin O'Malley opened his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., last week to a roar of applause. He was referring to the state's ranking from Education Week magazine. If he had said, "Greetings from Maryland, where more than 60 percent of public school graduates who studied a 'college prep curriculum' and went on to community college needed remedial help in math" (which was the case as recently as the 2008-09 school year)
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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,Sun reporter | July 17, 2008
CINCINNATI - Appearing before some of his presidential rival's most ardent supporters, Sen. John McCain urged delegates to the NAACP convention yesterday to support school vouchers as a way to improve education in largely black, underperforming school systems. McCain acknowledged that he will have difficulty making inroads among black voters. But he used his speech to the Baltimore-based civil rights organization to criticize the education views of his Democratic opponent, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, and to argue that the country needs to move away from "conventional thinking" with regard to public schools.
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By George Liebmann | January 6, 2008
The recent, ringing defeat of a referendum on school vouchers in Utah - generally thought of as America's most conservative state - should be a wake-up call to critics of our public school system. The proposal failed for several reasons apart from the might of the teachers unions. Chief among these is that it was perceived as a solution in search of a problem: an effort by a group of doctrinaire conservatives to sell an intellectually tidy "free market" panacea without taking the trouble to first convince the electorate that schools, and particularly high schools, have serious flaws.
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By LINDA KLEINDIENST and LINDA KLEINDIENST,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | January 6, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court struck down Florida's landmark school voucher law yesterday - the only statewide voucher program in the country and a cornerstone of the education reforms championed by Gov. Jeb Bush. In a 5-2 decision, justices ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship Program violates a constitutional mandate that the state provide for a "uniform, effective, safe, secure and high quality system of public schools," and that the state is illegally siphoning off public dollars to benefit private schools.
NEWS
December 17, 2005
Focus on teaching basic writing skills Hear, hear to state Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden for his angry outburst at the city school system for adopting the Studio Course reading curriculum, and for threatening to make everyone diagram sentences ("School course set for review," Dec. 10). It's about time someone got angry about how students write. In the last five years, with the proliferation of e-mail, students' ability to write has gone to the dogs. I teach college, and I'm telling you that students' writing is just downright lousy (and I don't just mean undergraduates either)
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | March 15, 2000
WASHINGTON -- The nation's only statewide school voucher program -- in its first year in Florida -- failed its first test in court yesterday as a state judge struck it down under the Florida constitution. In a case that appears headed for an appeal to the state supreme court, Circuit Judge L. Ralph Smith Jr. of Tallahassee nullified the program because it allows public money to pay tuition at private, including parochial, schools for students who want to leave subpar public schools. Smith said that though the state must provide education to every child, that must be done only through "a system of free public schools.
NEWS
By David G. Savage and David G. Savage,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 27, 2002
WASHINGTON -- Heading into the final month of its term, the Supreme Court has yet to decide 31 cases, more than a third of the year's total. And, as usual, they include many of the most significant disputes before the justices. The Supreme Court typically hands down its opinions during the last week in June and then adjourns for the summer. Here are some of the major cases that are pending: School vouchers: Can the state issue vouchers that parents can use to send their children to parochial schools, or does this violate the Constitution's ban on taxpayer aid for religion?
NEWS
April 24, 2005
AFTER INCREASING their support for President Bush in last fall's elections, black voters are being aggressively courted by an emboldened Republican Party and wooed anew by a humbled Democratic Party that strayed. It's a good position to be in, and black voters should play hard to get. The competition forces both parties to better address the needs and concerns of all black people. A new generation of politically astute young voters stands to benefit the most. Detached from civil rights-era politics, they don't define their positions in narrow racial terms.
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By Clarence Page | March 4, 2004
WASHINGTON - Halfway through last week's episode of NBC's West Wing, I was jerked alert by a scene that, as network promos say, was ripped from the headlines. It was a scene that illustrated how much easier it is for a fictitious president such as Jed Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen, to behave like a statesman than it is for a real one. The issue was school vouchers. The District of Columbia's Democratic mayor and the president of its school board had broken party ranks to ally with congressional Republicans behind an experimental program to help low-income D.C. pupils attend private schools at taxpayer expense.
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