Dwindling school choices

 

Kudos to veteran Urban League President T. Willard Fair for pointing out how universal school choice could complete the liberation of families that the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision began 60 years ago.

Fair and the organization StudentsFirst are on target in pointing out ways that Florida still falls short in empowering parents to escape low-performing schools. It is ridiculous that top-quality charter school organization can only open one school per year in the Sunshine State.

Unfortunately, Fair did not address the most serious threat to universal parental choice — the nationalized Common Core curricular standards, which StudentsFirst promotes. If Florida and other states adopt this one-size-fits-all model, there won’t be much more diversity for parents to choose from than there was pre- Brown.

Robert Holland, senior fellow for education policy, The Heartland Institute, Chicago

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