School Choice is no choice for most public school children

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peal...

"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."

Quality public education for all, at public expense was a basic tenant of Thomas Jefferson.

We The People of every state in the union fund public schools for the public good.

If the Koch brothers and their Heritage Foundation’s Tea Party advocates want to take their children out of a “broken” public school system and into private for-profit schools, let them, but at their own expense.

Free Enterprise Democracy dictates that they pay their own way, while they continue to aid the public good.

Diverting public money to private schools in the name of “school choice” will guarantee more, not fewer broken public schools.

At the very least, needs testing should be part of any public education funds paid to any family through education vouchers.

Every dime that comes out of public education however, only diminishes the ability of our free public schools to educate our young.

Some of the money from turning public not-for-profit schools into private for-profit schools must by definition go to the owners of those schools and not to the education of our children.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen


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