- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 3, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

J.T. Young’s Op-Ed on public education (“Mis-education subsidies,” Opinion, Tuesday) was way off the mark. Our public schools are run by nearly 15,000 local school boards. The costs per student for secular private schools are 2.5 times higher than those for public schools. Faith-based private schools may cost less than public schools, but they separate children by creed and ideology.

The new Gallup/PDK poll released in August shows that 74 percent of Americans give public schools attended by their own children an A or B rating. Only 19 percent of the same sampling, however, gave an A or B rating to public schools nationwide. In other words, the public schools one knows best are better than all the other schools.

Nonpublic schools enroll fewer students today than they did 45 years ago, although the school population has grown. And millions of American voters in more than 25 statewide referenda from coast to coast have rejected any form of tax aid for nonpublic schools by two to one.

Far too many of our public classrooms have too many students, and tax support for public schools is generally not distributed equitably.

As a former teacher in both public and private schools, I know we can do better, but we need to disregard the unnecessary carping by uninformed opinion-spouters.

EDD DOERR

Silver Spring

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