School choice opponents assert private schools are somehow inferior, because they are not bound by the same controls and oversight as public schools, and that public schools are underfunded. Both are inaccurate. Graduation rates and test score comparisons are readily available. Private schools often do not have all the amenities of public schools, but that is typically not the focus of a family with a struggling child. They want to improve the educational opportunity for that child. Many students thrive in a public school, but some do not.
Taxpayers spend over $12,000 per student each year. The governor's proposal provides only $6,700 to move a student to a private school. Taxpayers understand how critical it is to have strong public schools, and that it takes money to provide them. Spending over $12,000 per student is not underfunding, and allowing some small number of students the opportunity for a different option for their education will not bankrupt the public system.
So, when you consider the arguments for or against school choice, do your own research. Do not be misled by an establishment that declares private schools as inferior, and who wants you to think the taxpayers are not doing enough for public education.