To the Editor:
Doug Tuthill’s Commentary about plugging school choice was a deceptive, “fifth column” attack on public schools and the right of citizens not to be forced by government to support special-interest private schools and undermine democratic public education.
While some carefully designed “choice” plans within public school systems might be useful, who in his or her right mind cannot see that diverting public funds to a plethora of assorted private schools, most of them by far sectarian institutions, cannot help but fragment student (and teacher) populations along religious, ideological, class, ethnic, and other lines—all while sabotaging public schools and breeding social disharmony?
Americans for Religious Liberty
Silver Spring, Md.
A version of this article appeared in the September 09, 2015 edition of Education Week as ‘Choice’ Fragments Schools And Undermines Democracy