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    Filed at 7:41 am under by dcobranchi

    The New York Times profiles a small, private school in Brooklyn in which poor black and hispanic children vastly outperform their g-school counterparts. The school charges only $3,000 tuition. Of course, edu-crats have excuses:

    But even educators who admire his success say the school, with 470 students from nursery to eighth grade, is an anomaly, not a model. It is skimming the most committed families from the public school population, they say, and operating without the encumbrances of a system that receives government funds.

    4 Responses to “A CASE FOR VOUCHERS?”

    Comment by
    September 24th, 2003
    at 10:15 am

    “…operating without the encumbrances of a system that receives government funds…”

    You mean, someone got the edu-crats to admit that government money is an encumbrance??? Let me read that again….

    Comment by
    Jay Van Nostrand
    September 24th, 2003
    at 11:39 am

    Notice the assertion that the private school is “skimming the most committed families….” The unstated and unsubstantiated premise is that the best students are the ones leaving the g-school. Isn’t it at least as likely that the parents of students who are struggling in the g-school would be more motivated to seek out alternatives? It sure worked that way in my family.

    Comment by
    September 24th, 2003
    at 6:55 pm

    It’s been my observation from my schooling and from my daughter’s, that the students make the school. She’s in a great school right now. I’m not convinced that the principal is all that swift really, and she’s had one or two dud teachers. It’s the kids who encourage and challenge each other that make an excellent school. I’ve no doubt that that’s at least partly why Trey Whitfield is successful. Mr. Whitfield does filter his student population, as is his right in a private school.

    But I’m not too sure this is a case for vouchers. These families are managing somehow to pay for tuition. You know that a person is more likely to value something he or she must pay for. I remember when my kid was in a Catholic elementary school and I attended one of the awards day masses, the principal spoke to the kids like this: “The teachers are telling me that you’re not doing your homework. Your parents are paying a lot of money to keep you in this school. You’re wasting their money if you don’t pay attention and do your work.” Could she have said this if the kids came in on vouchers? Wouldn’t that turn private school into another entitlement?

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    September 24th, 2003
    at 7:22 pm

    You know that a person is more likely to value something he or she must pay for.

    Good point and one reason that I’ve signed the Separation of School and State Proclamation.