Friday, June 30, 2006
SOLUTIONS FOR INNER-CITY KIDS, CLASS I SCHOOLS
ARE STARING US IN THE FACE FROM ARIZONA
Our state laws require us to make sure our kids are learning. They do NOT limit that process to public schools only. It's ridiculous that we don't have some form of meaningful school choice, when so many other states do. Look what Arizona is doing!
If Nebraska would turn to the private sector with tuition tax credits and private scholarships for low-income children, it would help utilize our existing private schools and spur more to be started. And it would solve our twin controversies -- the plight of inner-city and minority kids in the Omaha Public Schools, whose learning curves are so far behind the white suburban kids, and also the plight of the rural children in Class I schools whose school buildings have been blown out from under them by a bad piece of state legislation, against their parents' wishes.
Arizona's good news:
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