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Voucher issue not about the money

Monday, the 6th U.

Wednesday, December 13, 2000

Monday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati struck down Cleveland’s state-issued school vouchers.

The embattled voucher system – defeated time and again on ballots and before legislators – can be defended and criticized. On one hand, it’s our right to ask the state for all opportunities to make sure our children get the best education. On the other, setting aside revenues weakens, at least in spirit, the public schools already suffering from problems that make parents want to flee.

It doesn’t seem like the answer should lie in running away with check in hand.

Why not stand together, admit there is a way to solve the particular educational crisis in this or that district, then develop a solution.

Everyone becomes a part of making their school’s future better that way.

It really isn’t about the money.