“School choice,” “vouch­ers” not in­ter­change­able terms

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE -

Re: “No, pri­vate school vouch­ers aren’t racist,” Aug. 6 guest com­men­tary.

Ross Izard of the In­de­pen­dence In­sti­tute writes in his opin­ion piece that the Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress used “clever word­play” when de­tail­ing its ar­gu­ment of in­her­ent racism in school voucher ef­forts. I sup­pose, but I ask Mr. Izard to quit con­flat­ing “school choice” (i.e., open en­roll­ment, pub­lic char­ter schools) with “vouch­ers” (state-col­lected monies di­verted to re­li­giously af­fil­i­ated pro­grams), as he did sev­eral times through­out his ar­ti­cle.

I am a suc­cess­ful char­ter school teacher, I am very in­vested in the idea of school choice, and I find the pro­posed voucher pro­grams de­spi­ca­ble at­tempt to both cir­cum­vent the First Amend­ment and to ig­nore our schools and stu­dents who need our at­ten­tion and ef­forts. Bobby Let­ter, Lafayette

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