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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>EDUCATION: Janaury 4, 2017</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Jeffrey.gif\" /></p>\n<p>If you pay taxes and take responsibility for getting your own children to and from school, you may be interested in learning that the government spent $23,233,698,000 in the 2012-2013 school year transporting other people&rsquo;s children to and from public schools around this country.<br />\n When those students got off the bus, taxpayers spent even more money on them &mdash; for things other than education in a classroom.</p>\n<p> FOR EXAMPLE, according to the Digest of Education Statistics published in December by the federal government&rsquo;s National Center for Education Statistics, the government spent $21,862,081,000 in the 2012-2013 school year on food services in public schools.<br />\n That included $10,110,833,000 on supplies for these food services, $6,607,701,000 on salaries for the people working in them, and $2,529,156,000 on their employee benefits.<br />\n Students in public schools today can get both a free ride and a free (or subsidized) lunch.<br />\n But taxpayers cover the costs.<br />\n In total, taxpayers spent $606,490,475,000 on public elementary and secondary schools in the 2012-2013 school year, according to Digest of Education Statistics. That worked out to an average of $12,020 per pupil &mdash; including $467 per student for transportation and $439 for food services.<br />\n What did taxpayers get in return for the ride, the lunch and the $12,020 per student?<br />\n In 2015, public school eighth-graders scored an average of 264 out of a possible 500 on the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading test, according to Table 221.60 of the Digest of Education Statistics. Only 33 percent were grade-level proficient or better in reading.<br />\n Public school eighth-graders scored an average of 281 out of 500 on the NAEP math test, according to Table 222.60. Only 32 percent were grade-level proficient or better in math.<br />\n Some jurisdictions spent more money than the average. Some had worse scores. Some did both.</p>\n<p> IN PRESIDENT Barack Obama&rsquo;s home state of Hawaii, the public schools spent $12,536 per pupil in the 2012-2013 school year, according to Table 236.75. But in 2015, only 26 percent of the eighth-graders in Hawaii&rsquo;s public school were grade-level proficient or better in reading. Only 30 percent were grade-level proficient or better in math.<br />\n In Vice President Joe Biden&rsquo;s home state of Delaware, the public schools spent $15,090 per pupil in the 2012-2013 school year. But in 2015, only 31 percent of the eighth-graders in Delaware&rsquo;s public schools were grade level proficient in reading. Only 30 percent were grade-level proficient or better in math.<br />\n In Washington, D.C., where President Obama sent his children to a private school, the public schools spent $26,670 per pupil in the 2012-2013 school year. But in 2015, only 19 percent of eighth-graders in the D.C. public schools were grade-level proficient or better in reading. Only 19 percent were grade-level proficient or better in math.<br />\n President-elect Donald Trump advocates school choice. His campaign website says his vision on education includes establishing &ldquo;the national goal of providing school choice to every one of the 11 million school aged children living in poverty.&rdquo;<br />\n That may be a good start. But it is not good enough.<br />\n School choice programs should not become yet another avenue for government redistribution of wealth. They should aim at lifting the entire nation from the wreckage of the public schools.<br />\n Middle-class families who now pay taxes to subsidize a failing government school system should not be shut out of a school-choice program that can liberate their children from that system.<br />\n In the District of Columbia, where the federal Congress has jurisdiction, it should pass a law providing that every parent of every student &mdash; even former President Barack Obama &mdash; be given a voucher equal to what the government spends per pupil in the D.C. public schools. That voucher should be redeemable at any school the parent chooses.<br />\n And the government should be restrained from regulating the curriculum and the values taught at those schools.<br />\n If that means many D.C. public schools close while new private schools open, so be it. Make government schools compete or die.<br />\n The same law should provide for phasing out the federal Department of Education. Congress should tell states and local jurisdictions: You are on your own when it comes to primary and secondary education. Let your voters decide.</p>\n<p> THOSE VOTERS should do for their hometowns what Congress should for the District of Columbia: enact school choice.</p>\n', created = 1575922882, expire = 1576009282, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:7fe5da0c5d7091153cda9a0c7270a19e' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Make government schools compete or die

EDUCATION: Janaury 4, 2017

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