Re: E.J. Blott Elementary to celebrate success
Posted by: Rhonda (IP Logged)
Date: August 25, 2007 09:02AM
Only if religious schools meet the high standards of inclusion and faculty training required of public schools should they receive taxpayer money through vouchers, tax deductions for tuition, or as charters. This is not going to happen, because to do so would undermine such schools’ stated purpose: providing a religious education.
The schools would have to practice open admission, which would mean not only educating students with minor behavioral or learning difficulties, but also serving those with physical or emotional disabilities, as well as providing the technology, special educators, and services they require.
Finally, there would have to be an objective way for religious schools to demonstrate that they were actually providing a quality education; there would have to be a standard of comparison.
If parents wish to give their children a religious education and can afford to pay for it, they have every right to do so. Otherwise, millions of children already receive their faith-based training outside of school hours, where it belongs under the U.S. Constitution: in the home and in religious communities of their parents’ choice.
However, in our area, taxpayers provide vouchers --and even fully fund charter schools like Eagle Heights and Legacy Academy, which were founded by ministers. it strains credulity to think that a religious-based school would not directly or indirectly encourage religious practice. Why be a religious school otherwise?
Until religious schools function with the inclusiveness and accountability required of public schools, they should not receive taxpayer money, which makes them public schools