Reader Mary Baine writes: “Voucher programs offer socioeconomically disadvantaged students access to private schools otherwise available only to the affluent. … Private schools are not obligated to enroll and retain everyone regardless of attitude, behavior, performance, or level of parental support. … Who educates the children left behind by private schools? Traditional public schools do this important work by offering an education to everyone with varying degrees of success due, at least in part, to issues that prevent many private schools from attempting to serve the same population.”
From Carol Ball: "Yes, I believe that school vouchers are a great idea. They enable students who couldn't afford to enroll in a private school to do so. Rather than trying to eliminate vouchers, the public school systems, teachers and union leaders should change how our public school systems operate. Then, there wouldn't be a need for private schools, and all students would benefit, not just the ones who can afford the price of private schools."
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