Debate Continues Over Private School Choice Program

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Friday, September 14, 2012

One of the least talked about issues on the campaign trail this year is education - specifically whether the government should provide vouchers or tax breaks to parents who send their kids to private school.

When Republicans and Democrats released their party platforms at their respective conventions, there was a subtle difference on education.

The GOP platform supports vouchers and tax incentives for parents who send their kids to private school. The Democratic platform talks about strengthening America's education system without specifically mentioning vouchers.

"I think if you look at the Republican platform and the Democratic platform, you probably don't see a whole lot of difference in choice," said Dr. Terry Holliday, Kentucky's commissioner of education. "I think choice is very important. Parents have to buy in to their child's education. They've got to be involved. They've got to be engaged. And sometimes when they have a few choice options, it could work."

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