Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Choice Is Good

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Choice Is Good

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It's easy to realize that in most cases choice is good. Consider how free choice could improve arranged marriages, the country's recent presidential election or the school down your street.

Ah, there's the rub. While choice is good most of the time, the big question is whether it works when it comes to this country's public school system.

This is a question not easily answered. As stories in this issue prove, school choice seems to be working in Minnesota for the past nine years and many people, from parents to the founders of the Gap, are supporting the KIPP school model.

But public school choice is not the same as vouchers allowing parents to recoup some part of tuition for private schools. And while many backers of vouchers have long counted on public acceptance, several recent decisions call this into question. Last month, a federal appeals court declared that Cleveland's five-year-old voucher program violated the First Amendment's separation of church and state. …

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