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School Choice

School choice does not have to mean vouchers which cause the public to support private religious schools. San Francisco public schools have successfully lifted student scores by letting the money follow the student. Students are allowed to list their preference for choice of school, with most getting their top choice. Schools are allocated money based on the number of students. Special Education or other more difficult students bring a greater allocation of money. The local schools decide how the money is spent. Failing schools are closed. (Reason magazine, April 2006, page 23, Lisa Snell "The Agony of American Education;").

There are two types of school choice: (1) government paid vouchers that students can use at private schools, and (2) freedom of choice among public schools, with budget money following the students. Both should be implemented, but at a minimum the second, less controversial school choice among public schools should be implemented.

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