Why Public Schools Should Want School Choice

  • Despite the broad support for such programs, however, political opposition to school choice remains fierce — entrenched education interests argue that allowing students and the tax dollars that follow them to transfer out of public schools and into private or charter schools will end or cripple public schools.
  • Private and charter schools, unlike public schools, are not required to accept all students, and would leave defunded public schools with the students most difficult or expensive to educate while offering them none of the resources to care for them.
  • These interests are dominant in deep red states such as Texas as well as liberal bastions such as New York and California, all states where school choice remains limited. Drogin argues that the educational outcomes in these states have been suboptimal.
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