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Privatization of public education is actually a noble gesture, and is historically one of the most radical forms of desegregation ever endeavored. Extension of opportunity and vouchers for public school students to transfer to private/better performing schools (where this is in fact so) also signifies the apparent under-use and availability of highly coveted slots in those schools,* and should ultimately compel healthy competition amongst public schools to implement new innovative approaches to improve student performance and extended services to students, parents, and communities.

(*The notion of private juxtapose federal funding for private education presents a dichotomy, however, where it would require out of pocket costs for tuition amounts not covered by vouchers from students who would otherwise be privileged to a complimentary public education, or where students who would not be capable of paying residual costs would not be privileged to the same quality education).

Notwithstanding, educational quality and equality should be a reality for all schools, so as to warrant less need for proliferation of additional schools that would either be under-attended and/or create enrollment gaps in other schools; schools should be proliferated only where there are a lack of educational facilities, or where existent facilities or schools are overpopulated, and/or where newly formed schools would offer specialized classes or programs that are not offered at other local schools.

Types of Distinct and Potential Program Offerings of Privatized, Magnet, and Charter Schools

Performing & Other Arts, specialized Math & Science, International Studies (including residential programs for students from visiting countries), Business, Law, College Prep, Specialized (Residential) Fitness & Academic, etc. are some program and/or potential program offerings of private, magnet, and charter schools, though either or all of these courses could also be offered at traditional public schools.

Privatization would also best avail accommodations (residential as well as educational provisions, etc.) for the more than 1 million homeless children in America, a significant portion of whom are not attending school at all, and who suffer illness and early morbidity due to malnutrition and exposure to extreme cold and/or hot weather, a matter that is rightly the responsibility of our schools, in conjunction with the Department of Family and Children Services and other relevant agencies, to resolve.

Types of Residential & Prospective Residential Programs

Types of residential and/or prospective residential programs in public, private, magnet, and charter schools include co-ed and single sex dormitories or boarding schools, and dormitories for homeless and other students and their families that would be or become income-contingent for employed parent/guardian residents, adolescent parenting dormitories, and adult high school or equivalency and/or low income dormitories…

Privatization at best would entail corporate sponsorship* of traditional public schools, and not merely vouchers for transference to traditional private schools (*corporate sponsors could consist of any companies, churches, etc. that would provide significant monetary and/or other resources to any particular school(s)).

Additionally, government funding of education should not be based on property taxes, which should be eliminated altogether and superseded with a conservative across-the-board hike in income taxes for all tax payers (including non-homeowners with children attending public, private, and other schools). This would secure more funds for equal distribution amongst all schools and for other services that are traditionally funded by property taxes; and homeowners would actually own their homes once they’ve paid for them.

Conclusion

The ultimate goal of privatization should not be to dismantle the public school system, but to encourage excellence and compactness amongst all public, private, and other schools, so as to avail the very best of opportunities to even the very least of the poor.

Responsive to “Reader: How Will Privatization Improve Education” by Diane Ravitch http://dianeravitch.net/2013/08/03/reader-how-will-privatization-improve-education/

Money shouldn’t be an object for education https://yolandamichellemartin.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/alternative-methods-of-funding-education/

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