by Deborah D. Thornton
Public Interest Institute
March 13, 2014
Policy Study
Income inequality has been a hot topic recently. Although income inequality is caused by many things and can be analyzed in many ways, it should not be the result of fundamental educational inequality. Yet, African-American, Hispanic, and low-income children generally are not learning as much as the majority of white children. Children and their parents have not had the freedom within the government-education system to choose where they go to school. The only alternative, generally, has been to personally pay for a private-school education. Fortunately, more and more states and communities are recognizing that the parents’ right to choose is fundamental to educational equality and economic freedom and that they, not the government, should decide what determines a quality education for their child. The essential ingredient to a quality education is that it is not the same for every child or every family.



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