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Letter to the Editor

School Choice Opponents Grasping At Straws

web posted November 9, 2007
Dear Editor,

Sherry Street with the SC Association of Independent Schools Serving Minority Children released the following statement regarding Thursday's announcement by the newly formed Voices for Public Education:

"I find it ironic that this group chose to announce their opposition to educational freedom in front of a monument dedicated to the African-American community's quest for freedom and equality.

Clearly, the struggle continues as some refuse to acknowledge that our children are not receiving an education they need and deserve.

What exactly are they fighting to maintain?  Is it the 53% graduation rate, the 11% proficiency rate in English, the 7% proficiency rate in Math, or the dismal college entrance scores?

The truth is that African-American families want educational alternatives and are fed up with an underperforming system that is not working for our children.  The announcement today is nothing more than an acknowledgement by opponents that school choice is gaining momentum and that support is growing within the African-American community.

Regardless of the obstacles presented by defenders of the status quo, our organization will continue efforts to make our member schools available to those students who desire educational alternatives."

Sherry Street
SC Association of Independent Schools Serving Minority Children
Editor's note: The SC Association of Independent Schools Serving Minority Children is a non-profit organization that supports school choice as a means to help accomplish its mission of helping independent schools provide an exemplary education to low-income minority students.

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