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The Belief That School Choice Disproportionately Benefit Catholics Is Only a Myth

Parents and community altogether are working to keep their Catholic schools from closing. Archdioceses are finding their way out and in the process, are merging schools with less enrollment. These schools have experienced a 30% to 50% decline drop in enrollment and they struggle to survive. But, is such a decline a consequence of how parents chose their son's schools? Crux of the Matter, help us understand better, what's happening with the right of choice that parents have not only in the U.S. but Canada, as well:

Allowing parents to send their children to a school of their choice does NOT destroy a publicly funded school system. That is a myth put forward by all those in the public system who fear change and the possible reduction in power and influence.

In fact, all parent choice does is recognize the obvious -that a one size fits all approach to meeting the needs of individual students simply doesn’t work very well. Yet, isn’t that what education is supposed to be about- the students as opposed to the educators and policy makers?

As former Florida governor Jeb Bush writes -and he has the know-how and experience to talk about it -what the government of Florida found when it implemented a voucher system was that competition actually forced educators in the public system to improve.

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