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September 12, 2012

Letters to the editor - Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

Kokomo — Public, private schools together?

One of the main complaints about private schools and homeschooling is the lost revenue for the public schools. Each student that chooses an alternative takes thousands of dollars from the public school. It was bad enough when nobody received the money. However, now that private schools are receiving the money from vouchers, there are a lot of people who are very upset.

What most people don’t know is that alternative education has a major struggle of its own. There are a lot of parents who would be interested in alternatives to the public school classroom; however, they are not willing to give up all the extra-curricular opportunities. Sure small private schools and homeschooling has proven itself to be academically effective; however, they can’t compete with the quantity of programs offered by the public schools.

I am going to propose something which would solve both problems. It would be great if the public schools could partner with small private schools and homeschoolers. Allow the public school to receive all the money they would have received if the students had enrolled, and allow those choosing an alternative to have access to all the extra-curricular opportunities.

The public school will get all the money, and the students outside the public school will have access to the social interaction many believe they don’t get from alternative education.

I know there is at least one local superintendent who is open to such an arrangement, and I have spoken to our state congressmen who also believe it is a good idea. Perhaps it won’t be long before public and private schools could actually be working together.

Matthew W. Turner



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