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School choice arguments insidious

6:35 PM, May 13, 2013  |  Comments
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The arguments made for "school choice" (i.e., public funding of private and parochial schools) that were recently published in your newspaper would be laughable if they were not so insidious. Gov. Scott Walker and his allies have consistently and unmistakably broadcast their intention, in Wisconsin and on the national stage, to undermine all supposed pillars of Democratic support, including weakening public education and labor unions while gerrymandering voting districts and privatizing government. Why then do Walker supporters hide behind transparent claims to suddenly care about the well-being of poor and working-class families? Such "concern" was nowhere evident when Medicaid assistance was offered by the federal government and a raise in the minimum wage was proposed. Meanwhile, the assertion that private schools are in any way more innovative, flexible, attuned to special education needs, etc, is pure bunk. What they are is unregulated.

Finally, Deacon Tim Reilly's association of American public education with Cuban totalitarianism is simply bizarre. No one forces a parent to send their children to public schools (which are community schools and not "government institutions"), since they can always opt to pay for a private education. The deacon is however right on one important point: institutional change is hard.

Robert Kramer

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