From Rage to Responsibility: Black Conservative Jesse Lee Peterson and America Today

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An Inevitable Victory

Partly because of the detestable culture of black public education described above, the voucher movement is steadily growing, and it is only a matter of time until it escapes from under the foot of the civil rights and education establishments, and demonstrates its potential. Besides all the persuasive theoretical and practical reasons, I believe it will be the personal testimonies of joyful parents and transformed children that finally become the decisive force in the inevitable victory of school voucher programs over the educational status quo. Consider the following testimony of the power of school vouchers, presented by columnist Armstrong Williams:

“I feel that [school vouchers] literally saved my daughter’s life,”
explained Nicky Cavanaugh, a single mother who was able to
switch her daughter to a private school with the help of a Florida
voucher program. Cavanaugh said that her fifth grade daughter,
Stacy, was so terrorized by stabbings, theft and other random
acts of violence that every morning the little girl begged and
cried not to return. Getting accepted into the school voucher
program provided a way out. “You know, since we got the schol-
arship, it gave us the opportunity for a new life,” Cavanaugh
said.23

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