Giving power to parents would help R.I. schools

Friday, July 19, 2013

The greatest responsibility anyone could have is to be a parent. All parents know that the best way to ensure the well-being of their child is a good education. However, government makes it difficult for parents to choose what they think is the best school for their child. Parents who want to send their child to a private or parochial school must pay taxes to support the public school system while paying their child’s school tuition.

To address this problem, a bill was recently introduced in the Rhode Island General Assembly to create a school-voucher program. Under it, the parents of approximately two-thirds of public-school students would be eligible to receive a voucher based on their income to assist in paying their child’s tuition to any school. Like charter schools, school-voucher programs enable parents to exercise educational choice.

As one would expect, the foes of educational choice raised objections over the potential impact on public schools, and the use of public funds for parochial schools. This is not the first time in Rhode Island that supporters of educational choice had to face fierce opposition.

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