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Prop. 204: A voucher by any other name

Guest opinion: We in Tucson owe it to our children to implement a program that will benefit all of our community. We must build a program that will help low income children close the learning gap, not a program that allows upper middle-class families a rebate on their tuition while working families are asked to pay "put some skin in the game."
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Oct 20, 2017, 8:56 pm
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While the author clearly has good intentions, his piece has several factual errors in it

Oct 20, 2017, 8:57 pm
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Hopefully in the future he will take the time to educate himself on the difference between Yarborough (a state elected official by the way, not local) and his self serving efforts championing STO School Tax Organizations (STO), which use personal tax credits (not vouchers by the way), and the more recent legislative monstrosity ESA “Vouchers for All” bill that was passed by our legislature this past session but later suspended by the valiant effort of SOS volunteers across our state!

Oct 20, 2017, 9:00 pm
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Hopefully after that he will get to a point where he understands the difference between the K-12 public education system and early childhood education system, which are entirely different legally, historically and especially in regards to any public financial supports that help bolster or maintain them. In fact, if you think about it, they could not be more different. Personally I find it just silly to make an argument against SST with this apples to oranges comparison. If your against SST, why not just state what’s wrong with SST?!  This argument only pits education advocates against education advocates and is ultimately a destructive and counter-productive means to his end (defeating SST), and his other purported goal of supporting public education.

Oct 20, 2017, 9:01 pm
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However, I applaud his utopian goal of creating a publicly funded universally available preschool system for all, and I will support what ever future efforts he puts forth in that endeavor. But since our society has not evolved to that point yet, there is no sense blaming child advocates for trying to get it there. I certainly wish it would get there. It will be interesting to see how much effort opponents of SST truly put forth to solve this problem after all is said in done with this election. I am skeptical, but hopeful I am wrong.

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