School choice is not perfect

Opponents of school choice argue that it is not fair (“Is School Choice Really About Equity? Can It Be?” National Education Policy Center, Mar. 3). They really are saying that because choice is not perfect, it is not the solution it is cracked up to be.

I don’t doubt that choice requires parents to do their homework in deciding which schools are best for their children. That can be difficult, but it is the price parents pay to find a good fit. I say the price is worthwhile.  In the past, parents who were disaffected with traditional public schools had little alternative except for private and religious schools. 

But charter schools and vouchers have widened their choices.  The long wait lists for admission to charter schools, for example, among low-income families are evidence of their appeal.

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