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Your editorial "Emancipation proclamation" (May 31) showed justifiable outrage over the 4-3 Georgia Supreme Court decision that invalidated a state-level alternative route for parents who had been frustrated by recalcitrant local school boards in their quest of independently managed charter schools for their children.

You are correct that it is a beautiful thing when charter schools can operate with considerable autonomy and offer families educational approaches and curricula not found in the standardized system. And, yes, it is a shame that the Supreme Court majority is effectively saying that parents now must go on bended knee in search of such within-the-system choice.

Yet, given that charter schools are, after all, public schools, it is wise to bear in mind that they will be subject on occasion to shifting political and ideological whims. To be truly liberated, parents need to be secure in their freedom to school their children at home, or to use vouchers to choose private schools free of governmental interference.

Robert Holland

Chicago

(The writer is senior fellow for education policy at the Heartland Institute, a public policy think tank.)

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southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/09/11 - 07:19 am
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Unions like the NEA will use
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Unions like the NEA will use their Dem politician buddies to keep school vouchers from ever being a reality. Private schools will be an option only for those who can afford to pay property taxes AND school tuition. Public schools don't want this because it would mean they would have to compete with private schools and actually teach the kids. Bad teachers would not have the protection they have now. So, our kids will continue to fall behind kids from other countries, and our nation will continue to be less and less competitive. Sorry, but those are the facts, mam.

sconservative
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sconservative 06/09/11 - 07:52 am
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In the movie Waiting for

In the movie Waiting for Superman, one of the greatest problems was that poor teachers could not be fired because they have seniority. The only response is to exit the public school system when your child has a poor teacher. Superman will not show up to correct the wrongs by fighting for truth, justice and the American way!

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Chillen 06/09/11 - 09:39 am
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southernguy is right. The

southernguy is right. The teachers unions would never allow vouchers & school choice. And our stupid politicians (especially the clowns in power right now) would back them up.

It's amazing to me that these teachers belong to unions who are so anti-student. I thought teachers were in their profession to help children.

If they really want to help children they would support vouchers and school choice. BUT. That would jeopardize public schools. The teachers KNOW that public schools are not as good as private schools. If given a choice, 95% of parents would choose private school.

Now follow my train of thought. If vouchers are issued, then public schools shrink dramatically in size. The teachers would be forced to go work for private schools.

In a private school you are held accountable for your actions - there is no tenure system. In private schools you get no lifetime pension & benefits. In private schools you might make less salary. In other words, teachers would be treated just like everyone else who works in the private market place (the horror!).

So you see, the teachers are in it for themselves. Not the kids. Their support of teachers unions (and whatever they call themselves here in Georgia) makes that very clear.

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faithson 06/09/11 - 01:20 pm
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The whole notion of 'Public

The whole notion of 'Public Education' is in need of revision. The shift of the public schools from educating all the children together ended with busing in the early '70s. Now the lower socio economic sector IS the majority in the publicly funded educational system. NO fault, just fact. You can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear... I say allow as many new forms of education as possible. We can learn to implement those that show promise. Of course, being able to terminate the services of those who are inept must be the FIRST option. (ps. My son's english teacher in 8th grade could not speak the 'kings english', period - you can guess how much he learned that year - yep - not a frikin thing! pss. could not afford the private system, and had I complained it would have only been worse on my son)

Chillen
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Chillen 06/09/11 - 02:04 pm
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Just look at what the school

Just look at what the school vouchers did for the students in Washington DC. It was a miracle turn around for them. There is clear evidence that VOUCHERS WORK.

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