School Choice Now! is the official blog of the American Federation for Children, the nation's voice for educational choice. We seek to improve our nation’s K-12 education by advancing systemic and sustainable public policy that empowers parents, particularly those in low income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Kevin P. Chavous Gets it Right on Education Reform in Louisiana
interests have been more concerned with, well, special interests, than
providing the best education for our children, advocates have been fighting for more educational choice for low-income families in Louisiana.
special interests sued the state over the expanded voucher program, attacked
the officials that stood for children, and argued that “public money should go
to public schools.”
Luckily, AFC Senior
Advisor Kevin P. Chavous set the record straight in a letter
to the editor in The Times-Picayune:
public money should go to educate children in the best way possible, regardless of the system. Here’s what Kevin had to say:
"Public money should go to public schools," Your Opinions, Oct.
16. State School Superintendent John White's support for the state voucher
program is perfectly in line with his commitment to public schools, but more
importantly, it's consistent with his commitment to making sure all children --
regardless of the system -- have access to a high-quality education.
many families, that means a public school, but what about the families for
which the public schools simply aren't working? In a state where 36 percent of
all public schools are ranked D's or F's and 230,000 public school students are
currently performing below grade level, the truth is that we need to give many
families another option -- immediately. We've talked for decades about
improving our public school system, but the pace of reform is too slow, and
Louisiana has always ranked in the bottom five in K-12 public education