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    More on Optimal Vouchers/Credits

    Roy makes a good argument about the conceptual distinction between vouchers and tuition tax relief. I agree that they address different problems and sets of recipients. That’s why I’d like to see both. The state should offer means-tested, fairly generous scholarships to low-income students and/or those stuck in chronically low-performing…
    Locker Room contributor, September 4, 2003
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    tax credits vs. vouchers

    That’s an interesting idea, Roy. My biggest concern with vouchers is the camel’s-nose-under-the-tent aspect. In the case of rebates, it would be best if a rebate could be timed to coincide with tuition payments.
    Locker Room contributor, September 4, 2003
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    re: school vouchers

    In regards to John’s blog concerning the optimal size of vouchers, assuming that vouchers are considered a good idea (and as many people know, I have strong reservations because they are likely to ruin private schools by bringing them under government control) one must first define the goal. If the…
    Locker Room contributor, September 4, 2003
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    Gas prices going down?

    Roy, your theory appears to be holding. Gas prices on my way in to work for the past couple of days are now down to $1.45/gallon. That’s about a 14-cent drop in a couple of days, although there are still some holdouts up to $1.56.
    Locker Room contributor, September 4, 2003
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    Peter Wood on Higher Education

    Peter Wood, who will be the featured speaker at the Pope Center’s conference on Nov. 1, has written one of his typically sharp and witty pieces on the state of higher education in America . One point in particular stands out in his discussion — the supposed fact…
    Locker Room contributor, September 3, 2003
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    Worrying about the cost of freedom

    John Hood’s blog regarding the optimal size of the voucher that enables a parent to withdraw his son or daughter from the terrible morass of public education reminds us that in politics, the focus is rarely on the key issue, which in this case is freedom. It seems to…
    Locker Room contributor, September 3, 2003
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    More rape scare stats

    The following appeared on the the Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) Listserv: 3. ORANGE COUNTY RAPE CRISIS CENTER TRAINING VOLUNTEERS Do you like puppets? Do you love working with kids? Do you want to make a difference in their lives? If so, then come train one afternoon a…
    Locker Room contributor, September 3, 2003
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    Study Says Size Matters (in Vouchers)

    I ran across a new study from the Cato Institute on school choice that deserves some discussion in North Carolina and elsewhere. David Salisbury, who used to help up a state think tank similar to the Locke Foundation over in Utah, now studies education issues for Cato. He looked…
    Locker Room contributor, September 3, 2003