In her Feb. 9 Other Views piece, School choice has improved performance, Helen Aguirre Ferré writes that, “School choice has measurably improved student outcomes in Florida,” but nowhere offers evidence. Simply referring to the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which place Florida’s fourth graders at six out of 50 nationally, doesn’t specifically credit school choice.
That public schools have made tremendous gains these past three years is front-page news, and the College Board last month named Miami-Dade County Public Schools for its highest award, acknowledging that our Hispanic students’ notably high participation and pass rates matched for the first time anywhere in the history of the national exams. Without evidence that school choice plays a role in these outcomes, it may be more appropriate to congratulate the people Ferré prefers to denigrate — bureaucracies and teachers’ unions.
Ralph Remis, Miami