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Bringing Equal Opportunity to Education
Posted By Conn Carroll On March 31, 2008 @ 12:12 pm In Education | Comments Disabled
This Sunday the Washington Post profiled  some local families who have elected to participate in Maryland’s open enrollment policy that requires “educators to allow families at low-performing schools to transfer not only within but outside their school system.” The Post reports:
Among D.C. families of certain means, the start of high school creates a dilemma: send your child to a flawed neighborhood school, run the gantlet of private school applications and waiting lists, or move? Dozens of families choose yet another option: paying tuition for their children to attend schools in other counties or states under a little-known but nearly universal rule that allows public schools to accept students from other jurisdictions — for a price.
Nonresident tuition rules benefit families who want their children in a neighboring school system — and, in most cases, a specific high school — badly enough to pay. A few families want the convenience of having a child schooled near a parent’s job or access to a unique program such as that at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in the District. In most cases, though, they are simply buying a better school.
As long time advocates for school choice, The Heritage Foundation is pleased with open enrollment policies. Unfortunately, as the Post points out, only “families of certain means” can afford to pay the $10,000 to $15,000 it costs to send their child to the school of their choice. This is fundamentally unfair and both federal and state governments can do more  to bring equal opportunity to K-12 education. Congress could:
State governments could:
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 profiled: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/29/AR2008032901119_pf.html
 both federal and state governments can do more: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Education/bg2102es.cfm
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