Originally Posted by Chris Cuilla
That's all well and fine...if
the schools are willing to do it. What you described is just fine and I suspect would happen in most cases in a free-market arrangement. But I don't think this as minor a point as you do. If they are not
willing to do such things, they you have a problem, and because of the granularity of the "voucher" (it pays for a year of school at some particular place), then you are restricted/limited/stuck.
Okay, I see your point, and this is the kind of situation where, I am saying, the government must be involved in to keep the system fair and equitable. A school must allow students to take a class elsewhere, when it is not offered by them, and there needs to be regulation on the financial arrangement between schools for these situations.
It puts an extra burden on parents if they have to negotiate such things, and arrange to have tuition split between schools. True, if the parents paid their own cash to each school it would make it a little simpler, but there can still be inequities without regulation. What if a school insists on full tuition, even when a student takes some of the classes elsewhere? Then a poor family must pay more, full tuition plus extra tuition for the other school. The government could insist that schools have an equitable way of handling these kinds of issues. so it is fair for all parties.
Well, they are paying these taxes...even if they are renters.
It is naive to think a rental property owner is going to give the tenant all the money he or she saves on taxes.
OK...but again...there are solutions that can cover this shortfall that do not require a full, government-funded, government-controlled school system. That is my key point.
There will always be debates about how much government regulation and funding there should be, for anything. We do not have a true free enterprise economy now, and likely never will. Such freedoms lead to abuse and it had to be regulated. However, I think I agree with you that today's educational system is too much in the hands of government. Free enterprise could be what it takes to cure its ills. Yet it will take regulation to keep it equitable and fair. But it would take no more regulation than we might expect in other parts of the business world today. Some businesses are highly regulated now, to protect those whom the business serves. It's not unreasonable to have the same degree of regulation in the business of education.
Anyway...goodbye, farewell and amen.
Are you going somewhere?