Utah the only state in U.S. without a 'dropout factory'

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  • Miss Ellie
    Oct. 31, 2007 1:20 a.m.

    Vouchers the solution? I think not. I personally checked on sending my child to private school last year. In the end we stayed in public school and found a great tutor. Why? First, the cost. The tuition ranged from $4,500 to $10,000 a year. Second, the private schools that were for main stream children didn't offer anything more than the public school and the ones that catered to children with learning problems didn't cater to a child who was both very bright and Dyslexic. I was even told by a some of the schools that they couldn't meet my child's educational needs.

    So, will vouchers solve my problem? Absolutely not. I would still need to keep the specially trained tutor even if I did choose a private school. I think in the long run, my money will be better spent by sending my child (now its two) to the tutor and staying in the public school system.

    How can I come up with the money for both tutoring and tuition? Vouchers and private schools don't meet my children's needs. They are a tax break for the rich like our vehicle registration fee. Open the door and we all suffer!

  • Area code 302
    Oct. 30, 2007 8:35 p.m.

    Isn't Utah one of the few states that requires students to stay in school until they turn 18 or graduate high school? That might explain a low dropout rate.

  • not a voucher comment
    Oct. 30, 2007 7:46 p.m.

    I vaguely recall reading an article somewhere a while ago talking about graduation requirements across the country and that they were not uniform. If my recollection is correct, Utah had among the lowest graduation standards, fewest required core classes etc. I think the cause for the lower standards was so that students could participate in released time (aka seminary) and still graduate. Maybe if the number of required, core classes was the same as most other states, we would have a drop-out factory. I graduated high school in 1975 and if I remember correctly had to have 18 credits in 3 years, which meant I could not fail any of my classes if I wanted to attend seminary and still graduate. If I am correct, its really unfortunate that we lowered the graduation requirements. I think the fact that our students do comparatively well on standardized tests despite the low level of spending speaks volumes about the quality of the teachers, the extent of parental involvement (including requiring study and homework ahead of leisure), and about a culture that values education.

  • Steven Jarvis
    Oct. 30, 2007 7:28 p.m.

    To whoever claimed our kids are in non air conditioned trailers obviously has never been in one. While I hate portables, I have yet to see one that did not come with an air conditioner and heating system.

    Which state are you from anyway?

  • Steven Jarvis
    Oct. 30, 2007 7:25 p.m.

    You want better teachers everyone? Pay teachers a living wage. Then institute some merit base system that rewards teachers for innovation, working with disadvantaged children, and for furthering their own education.

    Vouchers is a step in the other direction. They have a few things required of the school, but no real accountability. Sure they could hire a licensed teacher. Or perhaps they could hire someone with the 'special skill' of enjoying being around a student. They must perform a background check. But even if that check turns up something bad, they are not required to do anything. They could still hire a known felon to teach your child. While I doubt most would do this, Florida did have this happen (although I am unsure how soon they knew that he was a convicted rapist).

  • Steven Jarvis
    Oct. 30, 2007 7:19 p.m.

    There is nothing logical about the Parents for Choice Act. The private schools still choose the students they admit so the whole "choice" argument is flawed. The private schools will not have comparable results to gauge performance so the competition argument is flawed. And poor children despite a full 3K will still not make up the difference of the voucher to tuition gap even if they found a way to get to the school throwing out the "helps the poor" argument.

    Eyre's cookie ad misrepresented how we fund education, hence confused people into thinking funds stay within the school the child vacates. This is false. Each child that leaves means federal and state monies go unallocated, ultimately leaving less funds in the school had that child been in attendance. That dismisses the "it saves money" argument (not to mention how much this program costs once we are subsidizing all kids in private schools, or paying the full tuition amount).

    Is there a single argument from the Pro Voucher camp that isn't flawed? I have yet to hear one.

  • Heidi
    Oct. 30, 2007 6:25 p.m.

    I agree with "rich-kids-scholarship" mentality as far as vouchers go. How do vouchers solve our problems? Let's identify our problems--drop out rate not one of them--and the come up with solutions! Even if we all got solar panels for our homes, our energy crises wouldn't be over. How would vouchers help with our current problems in Utah classrooms? I'd like to know how many people for vouchers have visited a classroom in the last ten years and that includes Legislators. Pull your heads out. Come up with solutions--not alternative programs for a SMALL percentage of kids.

  • The thing is...
    Oct. 30, 2007 5:06 p.m.

    After California made a law that makes it illegal to mention Mother and Father in school text books, and our text books here in Utah come from Cal. I need a safety net so that when they start teaching that two fathers is ok or two mothers is just another lifestyle, I can afford to pull my kids out of public school. (especially when they take health and are taught how two men are, well, friendly in their lifestyle)
    I'm voting for vouchers

  • Nebraska
    Oct. 30, 2007 4:16 p.m.

    I studied at Weber State to be a school teacher, but couldn't afford to feed my family as the sole bread winner on Utah teacher salaries. I think Utah should do whatever they can to pay their teachers better.

    I love to see articles (or at least the headline) that say ow good Utah schools are even if they do spend less per student than other states. Utah is the one that first told the Federal Government to go away when 'No Child Left Behind' came into being. Utah schools are great!

    My education at Viewmont High School and my wife's at Layton were wonderful experiences. After I graduated from Weber State and moved to Nebraska, my wife tried to finish her degree. She was so disgusted with the poor quality of education here, she went back to Weber to finish her last semester there.

    After moving to the middle of the country, we realized what good things there were in Utah that the residents take for granted. Good schools, public land, beautiful scenery, good neighbors, etc.

    Thanks Utah for the great education.

  • Not sympathetic
    Oct. 30, 2007 3:45 p.m.

    When I was in college, 90% of the people who majored in education did so because it was an easy major. After graduation, their employment prospects were minimal. They chose their profession and accepted the pay based on their willingness to work hard. They are now the people in our schools educating our children. It is not surprising that they are still looking for the easy way out. More money, no competition, etc. Now I know that is not true in all cases. Those who chose the profession for noble reasons, to help the youth should be commended for their contribution.

    However, they are not the ones who complain about the pay. It didn't matter to them then and it doesn't now. To say that everything is fine is naive. Saying that Utah is ahead of other states is like saying I can beat a one-legged man in a foot race. Let's face it, we are falling seriously behind our foreign competitors.

  • Chuck Farley
    Oct. 30, 2007 3:34 p.m.

    The sun rose in the east this morning, what further proof do we need that vouchers are necessary to save us from doom and destruction? Pass the kool-aid.

  • Ken Baguley
    Oct. 30, 2007 2:52 p.m.

    The teachers in Utah care more for the student who needs help. My son, Glenn Baguley...Mr.Baggs...is one who cares. Several students have come up to me and my wife and said, "If it weren't for Mr. Baguley, I wouldn't have graduated and be qualified for my job". That's a testament to him and I am certain many other teachers who help to save kids and their education.

  • PTA Parent
    Oct. 30, 2007 2:02 p.m.

    We resent the PTA being in the ads, as if they really represented all of us.

    The voucher law will help schools and not hurt.

    Our children's teachers want it, too.

  • Utah Grad
    Oct. 30, 2007 1:55 p.m.

    I graduated a few years back from a northern Utah H.S. and went on to college.
    As seniors we calculated starting with 9th grade... Almost one third of our classmates didn't make it -- marriage (or need to), work was more attractive, lost belief in the value of what we were getting, etc., etc.
    This wasn't the case with the years before and after. They lost less than 10 percent.
    Looking further, about every other year there was a "tough" class, then a "tamer" one, back and forth.

    Not exactly a droupout factory but midst the talk of great schools, there is a definite underside that is ignored.
    The school my own children went to has more programs for teen mothers, learning challenges, drug users, and the like. But still no handling of kids that learn differenlty.

    We're glad to see a proposal that may help "different" student have more choices that may fit. Seems like money well spent. We're for it.

  • Retired Teacher
    Oct. 30, 2007 1:53 p.m.

    It didn't take long in this blog for the conversation on the issue to flop into the voucher thing. I will be glad when Nov. 6th passes and we can put this thing away,(hopefully)and get on to the more important educational issues. Utah schools are different, because the society is different. We hear about the bad schools around the country, but fail to recognize how good we have it here. Most teachers and administrators come from the same social and religious background as the parents that send their children to the public schools, and so they understand the needs of these families. This is not a 100% true in every case, but enough to provide excellent public schools. There are some schools that struggle in the rural part of the state as well as a very few in the poverty areas, but the situation is manageable, as long as everyone is working for the common good, and not their own selfish interests.

  • Democrats for Vouchers
    Oct. 30, 2007 1:41 p.m.

    The reason we DON'T have a dropout factory in Utah is that most Utah teachers are dedicated, not becuz they were after a high-pay job. They willingly signed on to teach at low wages becuz they know they can do some good for some kids. Sounds like a Democratic party value.

    We're joining the Democrats who are parting ways with the squinty-eyed slant the DemoParty leaders have taken on vouchers.

    We want great education for our society's sake, not just jobs for "public" educators.

    Referendum ONE for ALL, and ALL for ONE.
    Thank you.

  • Why the fear tactics?
    Oct. 30, 2007 12:29 p.m.

    The bills that were passed, separate from the Education Budget (near highest per taxpayer, lowest per student) provided for vouchers to encourage families to switch with less than 1/2% of the Ed budget, on a five (5) year trial.

    So why are the 'AntiVouchers' lying about the $429 million - which is somebody's hypothetical projection for thirteen (13) years - as coming out of the Ed budget?

    And why do they sound so concerned some people might still not be able to afford the choice? That's false concern - those 'poor' people can figure that out, and Find A Way if they choose.

    Vouchers will do some good, though not completely solve the Real Need, which is not about averages, nor graduation or dropout rates, but about individual kids YOU AND I WANT EDUCATED WELL BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS ARE NEVER GONNA BE IDEAL IN MOTIVATING THEM, BUT THEY STILL WILL GROW UP TO LIVE NEXT DOOR TO YOUR KIDS.

    All kids are already "entitled" to education, and we are all taxed whether we have kids or not, because it's good for society to have them educated.

    Vouchers will help without taking from the Public Schools.

    Please vote YES.

  • The Legislature has the power!
    Oct. 30, 2007 12:26 p.m.

    Keith--you are half-right. The UEA doesn't have a stranglehold on the legislature. It's the other way around. The ultra-conservative wing of the one-party legislature has a strangle hold on Utah. Do you think the Eagle-forum run Republican legislators do anything if it does not benefit them personally? Wait to see how many of them benefit from the formation of new private schools! Many are already owners (of private schools (Chris Buttars) or are heavily invested in private schools. If you think this is about choice, you're wrong. It's about money, and lots of it. This battle is about the vindictiveness of that part of the legislature that hates teachers--not the UEA--but teachers themselves.

    Oct. 30, 2007 11:53 a.m.

    The public education system in the USA is a national disaster. It has become a bloated monstrosity resembling our state and federal governments. If memory serves me correctly, we rank 37th among the industrialized nations of the world. It has decayed to a point where here in Utah the Parent Teachers Association has conspired with the Utah Education Association to repeal a law allowing charter schools to be partly funded by the state, thereby removing any hope we have for improved education, (private schooling has moved Belgium into first place among industrialized nations).
    I sincerely believe that private schooling funded by the tax dollars being spent on public education is the last and only chance to ensure a good education for our children.
    I make no attempt to outline a transition plan from public to private, but I believe that American know-how can create a workable solution. The Belgium plan should provide much of conversion data>

  • CaptainK
    Oct. 30, 2007 11:42 a.m.

    For those of you who are pro-voucher, consider this. Once a private school accepts public money via vouchers, they also accept regulation by the government. This "evens" out the playing field, making the private schools that accept vouchers nothing but an extension of the public school system. Thus, you essentially do away with the competition. If you don't believe this, vote for vouchers, and then wait and see. Utah already has school choice. You can send your child to any school in Utah that you wish to. The three thousand dollar voucher won't make much of a dent in most private schools' tuition, anyway. People with more than one or two children who don't have a lot of money won't benefit at all. Only a few will. Before you vote next week, please study, and consider all of the facts.

  • The truth is out there
    Oct. 30, 2007 11:37 a.m.

    freekadelka speaks the truth.

    Those young people who WANT to get educated, who are taught the VALUE of education, will do what it takes to get educated. It won't matter if they're in a classroom with 36.2 other people, no air conditioning, tattered books, and an underpaid teacher. Nor will the opposite matter.

    Maybe we should take this money we're arguing about and use it on mandatory classes for PARENTS of young children (preschool age) how & why they need to teach their children the importance of doing well in school.

  • RangerGordon
    Oct. 30, 2007 11:32 a.m.

    Since Utah schools are performing better than those in other states, why did the neocons come here to tout their voucher scheme?

    Could it be that once the people who despise public education have gutted our successful school system, it will be easier for them to argue that public education should be abolished altogether?

  • Rich Kids?
    Oct. 30, 2007 11:22 a.m.

    Do you understand that any kids that are already in a private school will not get a voucher? I know for a fact that many of the families sending their kids to private school are anything but rich. They are families working multiple jobs and driving twenty year old vehicles and making any sacrifice they can to keep their kids there. I also know that many of them are first generation immigrants. Why? Because they are the people who understand the value of a quality education. People here take that for granted.

    Based on the comments by "from my observations", it sounds like he is bitter because of situation. What does he have against someone who actually focused in school, and worked hard to be successful in life? If someone applied themselves and achieves success and can give their children an opportunity to have more than they did, who wouldn't want that. Sounds like he probably screwed off in school and is now bitter and frustrated with his situation in life, and is going to put down anyone who worked to be successful. Rich kid scholarship program, what a joke. Get your facts straight.

  • Wait a minute
    Oct. 30, 2007 11:14 a.m.

    I agree whole heartedly with Keith. People here whine about the UEA but from what i have seen in other states I have lived in, the UEA has almost no power with the legislature. If they did, the teachers would be in a lot better shape than they are right now.

    What other state's teachers would perform so high for such little pay?

    They would be on strike year after year.

    Congratulations to all Utah Teachers, students, and parents.

    That is why I'm voting NO!

  • freekadelka
    Oct. 30, 2007 10:48 a.m.

    The reason Utah has a lower dropout rates than other states doesn't have anything to do with educators. By the way, big suprise that educators would over estimate their importance. It has everything to do with the values that are taught in peoples homes. If getting an education is a value taught by parents, but more importantly shown by parents, then children will likewise value education. You can pretend all you want that it's society, or discrimination, or whatever, but that won't help solve the problem.

  • Question for voucher - oucher
    Oct. 30, 2007 10:47 a.m.

    How would establishing an opportunity for those that wish to use vouchers be junking the education system?

    Personally, I like our public school and will keep my kids in it, but if I didn't, I would sure like a choice on how to use MY tax dollars to get them an education. Free enterprise and competition is what made our country great. I believe that "Good" public education will survive just fine in a voucher environment. I'm voting for vouchers.

  • Keith
    Oct. 30, 2007 10:38 a.m.

    One of the main reasons that Utah does so well educating their students is that the teachers union here does not have a strangle-hold on the politicians. If you go to the large eastern cities, they have extremely poor education, 100+ year-old buildings, very high teacher pay, poor teachers that are not able to be fired and administrators that have an I-don't-care attitude. I say congratulations to all Utah teachers. (And the teachers here do the best job graduating students with the lowest per-pupil expenditure in the nation.)

  • From my observations....
    Oct. 30, 2007 10:16 a.m.

    From my observations, having lived and had kids attend schools in six states, I would rank them as follows (best to worst):

    1. Utah (more AP classes, terrific teachers, good kids)
    2. Michigan (small school district, good teachers, marginal kids)
    3. Washington (good kids, good teachers, had a mass shooting there though)
    4. Arizona (REALLY CROWDED, very fast growing area, but good teachers, new schools)
    5. California (bad teachers, bad kids, bad facilities, a third world country in the US, few AP classes)
    6. Maryland (very liberal schools, not a good environment)

    I think Utah has pretty good public schools, really. I know it is fashionable to whine about them but they really produce good students who know their stuff. I wouldn't do a thing to hurt the schools, I'm voting NO on the rich kid scholarship program (aka, vouchers).

  • Rational
    Oct. 30, 2007 10:13 a.m.

    Let's face it people, the problem is not the solution. The UEA has created the problem, why would you possibly trust them to be the solution. Throwing more money at it will only make it larger. It needs to be overhauled by someone other those that allowed it to happen on their watch.

  • Rational
    Oct. 30, 2007 10:09 a.m.

    Why are the public schools so afraid of competition? Do they have something to hide? What makes them presume to know the needs of my children better than I do? When my child is a victim of bullying, what action are they going to take? I have had my children in both public and private schools, and the private schools offer a far superior product, in some cases for less than what the public schools are getting per student to fund their school.

    And isn't it interesting that all the educators want is more money for themselves. Teachers are already being paid more than the average per capita income for the state. They want a windfall, and hide behind terms like "tenure". I am not opposed to someone making more money, I just think it should be earned. Pay for performance.

    Why is it that many of Utah's children being taught in trailers with no air conditioning, and in many cases no windows, but the administrators are working in beautiful brick buildings, with air conditioning and all the comforts one could think of? And they want more money for what....to pay themselves a higher salary to stay here.

  • Agree with wait a minute
    Oct. 30, 2007 10:09 a.m.

    We don't need money to improve the schools.



  • Flawed Logic
    Oct. 30, 2007 10:09 a.m.

    Wait a minute,

    Did you even read what I wrote? For that matter, did you read what anyone wrote about the fallacies in your thinking? If so, why didn't you address my points? Is it because you don't have an answer?

    Every time I try to share facts with anti-vouchers and try to get them to back up their opinions with hard facts and real data, all I get are vagueries, anecdotes, and opinions unsupported by data. Why is that?

  • Voucher - Oucher
    Oct. 30, 2007 9:43 a.m.

    Voucher people do need them because their reasoning skills are locked in to one point. If voucher supporters would spend the same amount of energy in the classroom our problems would be cut in half. The same arguments were made for charter schools about how they would solve all of our problems. THey have not and they do not function the way you said they would. CHarter schools are the best comprimise between public and private, It is a private education with accountability. USE IT! THe voucher supporters are looking for the magical solution instead of the true solution. We live to much in a disposable society junking the education system is not the solution (then again I do not have enough money to be egocentrical as voucher supporters)

  • Utahn in Bama
    Oct. 30, 2007 9:36 a.m.

    Congratulations to Utah high schools for doing as good of work with the students as they do. The attitude in Utah regarding school is much better and different than in other parts of the country, whether Utah residents want to believe it or not. The importance of each individual student to be successful is much higher in Utah than elsewhere, overall a good indicator. Great homeschools, great private schools to provide education options to support learning needs. Way to go Utah!

  • Wait a minute
    Oct. 30, 2007 9:29 a.m.

    There is no "dysfunctional system". Utah schools are doing great. Did you see the headline?

    The money we need to spend isn't so much to fix problems. The money we need to spend is on teacher's salaries so that they will stay here and keep our schools functioning well.

    Too many are leaving for neighboring states that pay $10,000- $20,000 more per year. If we want to keep our schools from becoming "dropout factories" we had better keep good teachers in the state.

    Vouchers won't do that.

    That is why I am voting NO!

    We have the money. What is it a $400,000,000 surplus being projected? Just think what we could do for the teachers with that! We would have people knocking down the door to come teach in our state. We could get the best of the best!

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 30, 2007 9:01 a.m.

    Vote for vouchers! Why would we want to put more money into a dysfunctional system? The system needs change and the voucher program will allow more choices. It's not "taking money away" from public schools. It's allowing parents another choice to spend their tax dollars to benefit their children. I would love to see a school set up like the Belfanz school with a team of four teachers teaching 75 students. The voucher program is not a perfect system but is certainly a step in the right direction.

  • Rich
    Oct. 30, 2007 8:53 a.m.

    Parental Involvement

    There is no equal sign (=) between the amount of money spent on education and the quality of education, the education system in Utah proves this. The real key to successful education is parental involvement. Parents need to be involved in their children's education, i.e. attend parent teacher conferences, review homework status and help when needed, read with their children, volunteer to help at school somehow, etc. The best thing to come out of this voucher debate is that parents and taxpayers are discussing what is best for students. Vouchers will help parents become even more involved in their children's education, because they will be responsible to choose where the money is spent.

  • Anonymous
    Oct. 30, 2007 8:45 a.m.

    To UEA-why complain? -- Take your own advice. Utah is doing well. Why fix something that is working? It is the UEA's job to advocate for higher spending in education. They are doing their job. I thought in a free market economy, good results are rewarded. So what's for you to complain about? You don't like to see the system succeed?

  • All for vouchers
    Oct. 30, 2007 8:27 a.m.

    There are plenty of kids still failing or scoring below the set standards. I wonder why anyone would be opposed to an "alternative" for education? I don't have to use vouchers. It's not the student using the voucher. It's the parents who chooses what to do for their children. There are plenty of poor teachers among our good ones and if the voucher system weeds them out then have at it. I see it as a good thing.

  • Flawed logic
    Oct. 30, 2007 8:23 a.m.

    Wait a minute,

    The picture of Utah schools is rosy.....until you realize that this article is only comparing them to other schools IN THE US.

    Competition for jobs is now global, not national. Compare Utah schools to schools in other countries and all of a sudden your argument goes poof.

    Besides, graduation rates are hardly a good measure of educational quality. As Study (7:29) said, even druggies are finding ways to graduate. This is due to the lax standards imposed by public schools who have noone to keep them honest.

    If anything, this article should be a warning to us. If we had "dropout factory" schools, it would be easy to explain why 75% of our students can't find Utah on a map. As it is, with Utah schools having such a high graduation rate, what's your excuse for that fact?

    This article actually shows us how much we need some competition....how much we need vouchers.

  • UEA - why complain?
    Oct. 30, 2007 8:17 a.m.

    Every year Utah is listed at the bottom of the per pupil spending on education list nationwide. Now Utah is at the bottom (or top) of the dropout factory list! Just shows that money spent per pupil is not an accurate measure of the effective education of kids. DC has the highest per pupil spending and they are also up on list of drop out factories.
    My opinion - vote FOR vouchers! Don't let the education bureaucracy use guilt and fear to maintain their perceived power. Wake up Utah parents!

  • To: Wait a minute
    Oct. 30, 2007 8:15 a.m.

    You hit the nail on the head! I could not agree with you more!!!! I cannot wait until November 6th and we can put this entire voucher thing behind us with it having failed miserably!!

  • Wait a minute
    Oct. 30, 2007 8:07 a.m.

    I thought Utah's schools were failing and we need vouchers now!

    You mean they aren't failing? The sky isn't falling?

    Of course it isn't. Schools in Utah are doing a great job despite what the national media likes to say about our schools. The teachers here are doing a great job.

    I am even more impressed that Utah schools are doing so well with the WORST FUNDING IN THE NATION!!!

    Imagine what we could do if that funding was increased to even make it to the middle of the nation instead of the bottom in education spending.

    We don't need vouchers at all. Our public schools are top of the class. We just need more funding to keep our teachers here!

    That is why I am voting NO!

  • Study
    Oct. 30, 2007 7:29 a.m.

    I would like to see a study showing why blacks and hispanics are so low.

    I grew up in Utah, and at the time I graduated high school in 1998, I had never heard of one person not graduating...not one...and I had friends in about 6 different high schools. Even the druggies were able to graduate on time.

    It looks like there are still students being left behind.

  • Utah Dad
    Oct. 30, 2007 7:15 a.m.

    The headline suggested this article was about Utah, but ended up being about the 'not-Utah' schools. Would have been a better article if it had focused more on finding out why Utah _doesn't_ have a drop-out factory. The only suggestion in the article for "why" is that "Utah, ... has low poverty rates and fewer minorities than most states". Is that really the reason? Some hard data here would be interesting. Then, the article discusses remedies, which _naturally_ involve extending the already-despised NCLB to greater heights. I hate to think what would happen if someone noticed that "loners drop out; loners have few friends", and created a law mandating that every child must have at least two friends. It looks like we are attacking the leaves, not the root of the problem.

  • Teachers' kids
    Oct. 30, 2007 5:30 a.m.

    Thanks, DMN!
    Nice review of the factory mentality in our public school system.
    Growing up as children of educators, we saw their frustrations with the increasing load of non-teaching duties for teachers, and the increasing emphasis on pumping kids through, without individual attention.
    Our parents kept signing up for that low-pay job because they loved kids and loved to teach.
    But there were in almost all classrooms half a dozen kids who took up the big share of the teacher's time, leaving the other kids with too little.

    Our family is heavily in favor of alternative schools, vouchers and all, to better serve BOTH that half-dozen and the majority, who do better without them in the classroom.

    And we hope ALL parents will get more involved with the public education factories -- this nation is failing too many of the younger generation with factory thinking.
    Encouraging more Private schools and charter schools is part of the answer.

  • Conejo
    Oct. 30, 2007 1:51 a.m.

    Some of these articles are just WAY TOO LONG. You don't have to print every quote someone says on a matter. Geez.