My guess is that, a few years from now, we'll all be looking back and asking: what in heaven's name were we thinking when we allowed the spending of taxpayer dollars for education that has no accountability and is: a)a way to channel money to religious schools and b)a golden opportunity for fast-buck entrepreneurs to game the system. Last fall the Washington Post did a survey of the voucher system that Republicans managed to foist on the people of Washington DC. Their findings?
"[H]undreds of students use their voucher dollars to attend schools that are unaccredited or are in unconventional settings, such as a family-run K-12 school operating out of a storefront, a Nation of Islam school based in a converted Deanwood residence, and a school built around the philosophy of a Bulgarian psychotherapist.
"At a time when public schools face increasing demands for accountability and transparency, the 52 D.C. private schools that receive millions of federal voucher dollars are subject to few quality controls and offer widely disparate experiences, the Post found.
"Some of these schools are heavily dependent on tax dollars, with more than 90 percent of their students paying with federal vouchers.
"Yet the government has no say over curriculum, quality or management. And parents trying to select a school have little independent information, relying mostly on marketing from the schools."
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