Today is Sunday, August 20, 2017

Vouchers are NOT the answer

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I was upset to read the recent column by State Rep. Susan Lynn about school voucher payments being the answer to failing public schools. According to Rep. Lynn, "these schools have been failing for as long as anyone can recall."

In my lifetime, anytime something in government fails, the government should be held accountable. Not so with Ms Lynn. She talks about the American Dream (where everyone, regardless of birth, class, religion, politics or other factors will have an equal chance at having a decent life, a home, a job and a future without fear of homelessness or starving; *My definition). Yet, she says "we know full well that thousands are locked into failing schools with literally no way of ever reaching that dream." Then she says that providing tax dollars (taken from public schools) is, "morally the right thing to do."

First, I am stunned that she would admit there are failing schools in Tennessee that she and other legislators have given up on. The old saying is, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" comes to mind. However, if it IS broke, THEN FIX IT!

Ms. Lynn, as a legislator, it is your responsibility to care for public schools as you were elected to do. Your sad answer seems to echo your Republican counterparts statewide and nationally, to take my/our tax dollars and turn them over to private corporations. This is shameful and disgraceful, in my humble opinion. Why won't you step up to the challenge and fix what is wrong with our public schools? To me, that is the morally right thing to do.

Would you recommend giving the budget of a state park golf course that is not doing well to the course at the Belle Meade Country Club? Private schools, religious or otherwise, need to be paid for with private money.

If you choose not to support public schools, then get out of the way so that someone who cares can do it.

Jim Gilchrist

Lebanon

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