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FormerDittoHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-03-06 10:14 AM
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39. OK - we're talking about 2 different things...
The key word was "escape" which is usually followed by "the inner city".

If you're thinking of the voucher program that northeast DC is trying - sure, I'm willing to try anything to help those kids out.

But that's a localized, focused, laser beam solution. It's *not* nationalized school voucher to be forced upon every state, every town, which is what we're talking about. It's NOT even a complete restructuring of the public school funding in DC.

The program in NE DC is called "vouchers" by Republicans to help confuse people.

If it will grease the skids to call them "vouchers", OK, but in no way at all are those isolated inner city programs "THE" Republican voucher program SCHEME, DESIGNED to DESTROY *ALL* public schools, the vast majority of good ones along with the small minority of "destroyed" ones.

The problem, IMO, has nothing to do with schools, but with the neighborhoods.

The REAL SOLUTION is to bring back MANUFACTURING to the cities (believe it or not, that's why cities were created) and give high school graduates (and even high school dropouts) a chance to make a decent living rather than have to sell drugs.

If student can see a REASON to stay in school, they WILL. Thanks to Nafta/Gatt/etc - there's no reason to stay in school.
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