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On April 26 The Signal published a column by Christy Smith with the title “State must reaffirm local education control.”

One thing Smith wrote really jumped out at me: “Representatives in Sacramento must reaffirm their control over our schools and prevent out-of-touch billionaires in Washington from imposing their values on our students.”

Apparently it’s better, at least according to Smith, to let out-of-touch Sacramento leftists impose their values through indoctrination – starting in elementary school, particularly since it’s a captive audience.

How about this? School vouchers, which would return control to where it really belongs – the parents. Let the parents choose which “values” their kids are subjected to.

Eliminate the public school monopoly on education and its attendant suppression of conservative principles and ideology through the radical agenda imposed by the teachers’ union and the socialists in Sacramento.

What we conservatives want is to yank our kids out of the socialist indoctrination system laughingly called “public education,” where our kids have drummed into their little heads propaganda and ideologies we find repugnant.

I’ll use this valley as an example. In most of the area (in my experience) we actually have a pretty good school system academically. My daughter went to Helmers Elementary School, as my granddaughter does now. Really good school!

But if we had access to a voucher system, my granddaughter would be yanked out of there and enrolled in SCCS faster than a speeding bullet.

Which is exactly what the California socialists know, and exactly why they vehemently block vouchers in this state utterly dominated by leftist ideologues.

You want to talk about “imposed values”? Now’s the time to put your money where your mouth is. Actions, not words. Support school vouchers.

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  • Gary Bierend

    Go Cardinals!

    • Brian Baker


      I think that’s the logo for SCCS.

  • Brian Richards

    You’re wasting your breath on this one Brian. CA is the Sahara desert when it comes to good ideas.

    • Brian Baker

      No doubt, Brian. But the point still needs to be made, and we can see if any leftist trolls show up and try to defend the current system.

      Also, it’s an opportunity to illustrate Smith’s inherent hypocrisy. That alone is worth the ticket price.

  • Ron Bischof

    Concur, Brian.

    Local control = parental control. Public education monopolies controlled by public sector unions and the politicians they buy ≠ local control.

  • Nellie Smith

    Public Schools must accept ALL Students, Charter schools like private schools are selective in who they accept into their schools! If you want a private system go pay for it!

    • Ron Bischof

      Non sequitur. What you suggest is parents pay twice if they wish to avoid a centrally planned public school monopoly.

      Charter Schools are public schools and generally accept all students they are certified to teach. Obviously, not all schools may be qualified to teach special needs students, etc.

      Repeating talking points only reinforces the status quo of mediocrity and less innovation derived from competition.