School Choice

Would it strengthen or weaken public education in America?


Among educational reformers, “choice” s the buzzword of the hour. Supporters say the entire educational system would benefit if parents could choose their children's schools. In this view, competition for students would force schools to improve. Better schools, in turn, would prod students to do better. And parents, having set the whole process in motion, would take a greater interest in the schools and in their children's academic progress. President Bush supports the concept, but many teachers and school administrators are deeply skeptical. They fear that choice plans will siphon money and interest from public schools, will create elite schools for the few and second-rate schools for the many, will lead to increased segregation of students by race and income, and will cost taxpayers more ...

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