The readers’ forum

The good and bad of school voucher program


Re the March 5 story Big money, powerful lobbying groups push school voucher proposal: When it comes to expanding school vouchers, it is easy to see both sides of the argument. These scholarships could help a lot of kids and, in turn, help the economy in the long run. They give children who do not have many choices an opportunity to rise out of situation.

Ultimately, it could break many family cycles of poverty. It gives many kids hope to try and succeed. It helps ensure that the next generation is better educated. By educating children that do not have the opportunity to go to private school, you create an educated generation that also understands the needs of low-income families.

The other side of the argument is valid, too, because money is taken away from other programs. By putting more of this money into the public-school system, the state can educate far more students instead of a select few.

It is important that low-income kids get the opportunity to succeed. However, it is just as important to make sure the majority has a chance to become successes if they are not accepted into this program.

Cristin Archer, Miami

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