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I Believe in Freedom of Choice

June 11, 2015

I wish that this view was held by a majority of our elected officials… but increasingly we’re witnessing a willingness of those who can afford private schools, private security, and private libraries to cut taxes and thereby cut services to those who cannot afford them. I have the good fortune to live in a college town that has great schools, a fully staffed and civic minded police force, and a wonderful library. Some in rural communities within an hour’s drive of here have none of the above. I know from living in other parts of the country that this kind of disequilibrium is widespread… and I know from what I’ve read of late on this blog and other progressive blogs that WI, NC, and MI are all diminishing funds that provide services and opportunities for those living in poverty while giving tax breaks to those in the top 1%…. and WI’s move toward vouchers for private and parochial schools is only one example of this. Let’s hope we get a chance to vote for a Presidential candidate in 2016 who explicitly and forcefully decries privatization of ANY public services.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Parents should be able to send their children to the school of their choice. And they do, but the public should not be expected to pay for their private choices.

The public has a civic obligation to support public education. Even if you don’t have children, you pay taxes to educate the children of the community. Even if your children are grown, you pay school taxes. Even if you send your children to private school, you pay school taxes. Public schools are a public responsibility.

If you don’t like the public schools, you are free to choose a private school, a charter school, a religious school, or home school. That’s your choice. But you must pay for it yourself.

We all pay for police and firefighters. If you want a private security guard, pay for it yourself. We all pay for public schools, even if we don’t patronize them. They…

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