Utah and Iowa are the latest states to give parents the option of sending their children to any school they want through education savings accounts (“The School Choice Drive Accelerates,” The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 28). Arizona and Florida were trailblazers in this regard.
As readers of this column know, I’ve long supported parental choice because I believe that parents know best. But I have consistently pointed out that the playing field is hardly level. Traditional public schools must by law enroll all students who show up at their doors regardless of their ability or desire to learn. As a result, they can hardly be expected to produce the same results as other schools that are highly selective in whom they admit and whom they expel.
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