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EVERY child deseves a quality education. It doesn't matter where you live, how involved your parents are, if you "won" a lotetry or not. Every single child deserves a quality education. Period.

So that's my first thing.

But second is, YES, school choice is important. I attended my neighborhood public schools (not in DC). They were and are considered to be part of a "great" system. And I was miserable. I went to those schools because there's were I was told to go, not because I wanted to. If I had been able to choose my high school the way I picked my college and grad schools, I have this feeling it would have been a wildly different time. I read about some of these DC charters and think, "Man, I would have loved to be in a school like that."

I don't know that there is an esay answer. How do we balance creating quality schools with school choice? And do schools get to pick their students, or does the lottery system remain? How to we fairly allocated fund? How do we ensure those funds are resulting in quality schools, even if they are located in the poorest neighborhoods? All these difficult questions are tied together.

(Don't get me started on the testing mania that has gripped education in this country for the past 15 years.)

by Birdie on Dec 13, 2012 2:00 pm • linkreport

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