The real story here is that African American students with dedicated parents were significantly less able to get their students into college as long as they were relegated to public schools without any other choices. That is an inexcusable betrayal of people who want better for their kids.
Rich kids get all the advantages. Poor kids have to take what the state offers them. It's a familiar story.
Utah's public schools aren't analogous to those in New York. Problems here aren't as severe. That doesn't mean we shouldn't try to make things better.
The charter school movement has proven popular here because it gives kids choices. Vouchers wouldn't, by themselves, solve overcrowding and other issues, but they would be an important tool.
Can't we scrub away our assumptions and take another look?
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