One can argue both ways and I am not arguing either. But, knowing how much I pay in taxes to my school district I could certainly understand being irritated if I didn't feel the school was providing the proper level of service for what I was paying that I felt I had to attend a different school and pay additional money. I chose my home based on the school district and the buildings they would attend for my family. Some don't have that option due to budget or work location requirements.
Again, not pushing one over the other but as a consumer being budget conscious, when one feels the service isn't being provided they go elsewhere. If a restaurant is bad I go other places. If a car dealership is bad I go other places. If my job or boss is bad I find a new job. And when businesses don't serve their customers they go out of business. But in education we tell someone, (who probably doesn't even have kids in school), to pay up and shut up and do it for the entire time you own your home and if you do have kids but don't like the service here then go find your own solution and pay extra for it because we are the school and we don't have to worry about what anyone thinks because our budget is guaranteed as long as we keep raising the appraisal value.....
I saw a meme several weeks ago that basically said schools aren't here to teach what parents want taught but what society believes they should be taught. And all I could think was parents are part of society so don't they get a vote just like a teacher, (who is also part of society). I mean, who is the greater determiner of what "society" thinks is important? A 20 something year old teacher with no children of their own, a parent raising 4 kids, or a grandparent that has already raised their family? Who ranks higher? Does anyone rank higher?
Think about that before you fuss at someone who questions school funding. And yes, I know all the arguments for a well educated society. But those supporters of vouchers are also wanting a well educated society and just think there are other ways to get it. I'm a teacher for decades and I am incredibly irritated with teachers more than parents these days who feel they should be worshiped and can do no wrong.