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Parental Choice Isn't a 'False Road'

The latest argument being made against school choice is that parents don't know what's best for their own children ("School Vouchers Are a "False Road," and the Data Proves It," The Progressive, March 1). That's not only erroneous but insulting. 

I don't care whether parents make a decision based on ideology or evidence.  It's their right and duty to do whatever they alone believe is in the best interest of their children.  I acknowledge that vouchers, tax credit scholarships, and education savings accounts are no guarantee that children will receive a better education than if they remained in their neighborhood traditional public schools ("Education for Sale?" The Nation, Mar. 9).  But the fact is that parents alone should decide.

We don't have to agree with their decision, but we have to allow them to continue to make what we happen to consider a mistake. Much is made of the lack of opportunities for black students to get a quality education.  That's why long wait lists for admission to coveted schools contain the names of so many black parents.  Yet they are being told that the evidence shows they are heading down a "false road." 

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