I am in favor of school vouchers. It has worked well in Milwaukee. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. Is the system perfect? No. But the public schools here are terrible, and at the very least, the voucher program gives children an alternative.
Does the voucher program help everyone? No. Some parents are not involved with their children and don’t really care, so they don’t utilize the program. But for the low-income households with parents who care, it has been fantastic.
All of the voucher schools haven’t done well. That is the risk we take. But these children are being given a chance. And that’s how true change will come about. Without the voucher program, the public schools and public teachers have no incentive to improve.
Should vouchers be done in Utah? Yes. Milwaukee has shown that it can work, and low income children deserve a chance.
But Patrick Byrne is the worst kind of spokesperson, and the voucher supporters would do well to distance themselves from him. He has a history of bizarre behavior and ramblings on ludicrous conspiracy theories.
He won’t even apologize for a big blunder he made in talking about minorities who don’t graduate from high school. I understand Byrne’s comments. He just chose some of the worst possible wording, and for that, he needs to apologize and explain. Instead, he calls people liars and refuses to make things right.
Do the proponents of school vouchers really want this type of person speaking for them?