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Letter: Why block students from choosing better school?

This letter is in response to Ann Porter's column, "'School choice' represents false choice for America" (Page A4, March 29). To counter Porter's points, I offer the following. First, if neighborhood public schools are the centers of the communit...

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This letter is in response to Ann Porter's column, " 'School choice' represents false choice for America " (Page A4, March 29).

To counter Porter's points, I offer the following.

First, if neighborhood public schools are the centers of the community she claims them to be, why is it that even in largely conservative voting communities, the children of the public school system tend to vote overwhelmingly for progressive candidates in mock elections?

I suggest that public schools have become indoctrination centers for liberal thought and agendas. Second, it's insulting to insinuate that parents are not smart enough to navigate the wealth of information out there to make an intelligent choice on education for their children.

Third, the fact that children of affluent parents would have a leg up implies that there are better schools out there for those youngsters than the local public schools. This implies that other parents could do better for their youngsters, too.

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Fourth, research has shown that the public school system does not lead to higher achievement, either. So why not reject 200-plus years of same-old, same-old and try something new by expanding the school choice option to make it nationwide?

It might just work; after all, nothing works like competition to make everyone perform better.

While I do hold that America needs to be prepared to offer a free education to anyone who needs it, I also believe that it's time to change the public-school paradigm that has repeatedly failed our local communities.

I believe it's time to take schooling out of the hands of the National Education Association and hand it back over to people at the local level.

If, as Hillary Clinton posited, it takes a village to raise a child, then let's make it the local village, and not the "idiots" from some village thousands of miles away.

Marty Bruns

Grand Forks

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