The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that “unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”
If correct, then no stronger love or enduring truth can personify his dream than what is between a caring parent and their needful child.
But what happens when parents don’t get the final word, what then of their reality? Sadly, in the case of their children’s education, thousands of Pennsylvania parents have been held hostage by economic and political realities undergirded by poor, unimaginative policies yielding negative or negligible returns.
In essence, the majority of parents in the state are stuck with public schools assigned to them by ZIP code as their only option. While many public schools are doing a fine job educating our children, we all know some are failing to reach even the most basic academic standards.