|Martin Luther King III|
"It is no secret that public education in this country is in trouble," civil-rights activist Martin Luther King III once told me in a written interview. "For poor children and children of color the problem of equal access to quality education is magnified. ... America's educational systems are wholly lacking in preparing our youth for the 21st century, and accordingly, must be born anew."
Mr. King, whose father's birth we celebrate next week, supports tax credits for donations to K-12 scholarship organizations because he believes we must "increase equal access to private education." (Happily, Mr. Shumate and I are on the board of a philanthropic organization that does just that.)
"Education is the key to freedom and opportunity," Mr. King said. "We basically have one supplier, the public education system, and it has become a huge bureaucracy. This bureaucracy has to be challenged. Fairness demands that every child, not just the rich, has access to an education that will help them achieve their dreams."
|Oklahoma State Advisory Committee of the|
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 2009