Wednesday, August 23, 2006
IT'S NO SURPRISE!
WE SHOULD PRIVATIZE!
Nebraska's child welfare woes and public education difficulties could both be solved in one fell swoop with an obvious solution that apparently our politicians don't have the chachungas to even talk about:
Florida is trending more and more toward universal school choice, and its education system is flourishing as a result. That state took its child welfare services private in 2005 -- foster care case management, emergency youth shelters, parenting classes, drug treatment, and so forth -- and wow! What great results they're posting already.
According to a report by the Reason Foundation, before privatization of Florida's social services for children and youth, one out of five of the minors who were in the state health and human services system were abused and neglected. Now, after private, nonprofit, community-based people are in charge of those kids, the abuse and neglect population has dropped to one in 30.
SIX TIMES BETTER!!!
LOOK AT THAT STATISTIC, PEOPLE!!!
The same kind of great result would happen for our neediest, most abused, most neglected citizens under age 18 -- low-income, disadvantaged and often minority children in our public schools. They're the ones who need privatization, STAT.
Gov. Heineman got his face on Page One of The World-Herald Tuesday talking about the "progress" being made in Nebraska's messed-up child welfare system. Not a whisper of a word about privatization, though. Does he have ANY idea what an election boost he would get, if he would nuke government-run child welfare programs, which have never worked and never will, and take them private, for the benefit of all of us, but especially vulnerable little kids?
Hey! Maybe if we offered the educrats a junket to Florida, to check all this out, we could get somewhere.
Here's the portion of Reason's privatization report that deals with education and child welfare. Great info:
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