I find it remarkable that state Sen. Jay Paul Gumm (Point of View, July 19) suggests that giving everyone a choice as to where their child attends school is somehow elitist. In fact, the educational status quo gives parents no choice — unless they can afford one! Many hardworking, middle-class parents are actually paying twice by not only paying their own kids' tuition bills but also paying property taxes for the no-choice education system Gumm advocates.
A voucher system is the great equalizer by giving all parents, not just the wealthy, the right to choose. Sadly, like everything else the government runs, public schools are simply not as successful as private alternatives in achieving educational excellence.
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