Letters to the editor for Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 | NevadaAppeal.com

Letters to the editor for Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Private schools aren't deserving of public funds

I don't know Joe McTighe of the Council of American Private Education, but he contends in an article written by Sally Ho, A.P., that "imposing public school-like accountability on private schools creates only the appearance of school choice and can possibly undermine the intent." This is an "I want my cake but eat it too" kind of thinking.

If parents and Mr. McTighe want truly private school choice, that's fine, but don't ask taxpayers to pay for your children's private education, i.e. the recently defeated Nevada voucher program.

They maintain the public should receive no accountability for student progress, even if the public pays for it. You want your private school "cake," but we taxpayers want some private school "accountability." It's as simple as following the money!

When we taxpayers invest, we expect a return or voice. Let's not forget the constitutional separation of church and state. I realize that not all private schools are faith-based, but if they are "private," they are not "public" and not deserving of public funds. Parents of lower incomes should certainly not be taxed to support schools for higher income families.

Wendell Newman

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