Henry Vilas wrote:Does it bother you that taxpayer money will be spent for sectarian religious instruction?
I think this is a problem for only a very few, unless you're having a Constitutional debate.
If my kid went to a school with overcrowded classrooms and wasn't getting the attention he or she needed for whatever reason, I wouldn't hesitate sending him to a Catholic school if I could for free. Would you? Would you put up with a crappy classroom just because you didn't want your kid to take a half-hour of Bible study each day? I don't know many parents who would in a similar situation.
But like I say above, I don't think the Catholic schools around here have the room or the wherewithal to take on a lot of students, state aid or no. So if the solution at that point is building and establishing for-profit private schools, well I'm not sure you're going to find many that are any good at all.
If Walker was serious about education, he'd allow public school districts to apply for grants to fund innovative solutions like charter schools or the AVID/TOPS program, which has been effective but needs more money to expand at a quicker pace. But that's not a satisfactory solution to the people who write him checks. Like Meade.