First, of all our state ranking means nothing. Individual State test are not all testing the same things. You are comparing apples and oranges to bananas. Please wait until common core state testing comes in 2015 and you will see SC move up the ranking scale.
Next, in some schools, even good ones, you have parents who do not help their children with their school work. These parents do not care what their kid is doing as long as they aren't bothering them. Then these parents flip out when their kid can't read in middle/high school. My question to these parents -- Why are you just now noticing this? Why haven't you been reading with your child?
As for vouchers, in my opinion, you will see good schools over run and other schools left with the kids/parents who don't care about their education. Then when you move on to paying teachers based on scores, good teachers will not teach in schools that are struggling. I understand you want your children to attend good schools, but at what expense to the children whose parents don't care about their education. Should they suffer because their parents aren't as proactive? There are good parents who are involved with their students academic life (thank you for being that parent), but the others, whose parents aren't involved, they are the ones bringing us down. It's heartbreaking to see lazy children. Unfortunately there are more and more who are learning to sit back and earn their living from the government. We have to change this and teachers can't do it alone.
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