Commentary: Is the public vs. private education conflict real?

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Jun 27, 12:00 AM

Commentary: Is the public vs. private education conflict real?

Some critics question whether allowing school choice and independent schools leads to social and economic inequality. We know the answer, because Vermont has run the school choice experiment for decades: U.S. Census data show greater district-to-district household income inequality in the 100 percent public school regions of the state such as Chittenden County, compared to the regions with substantial numbers of school choice districts such as the Northeast Kingdom. When students have the opportunity to cross school district boundaries, economic stratification is diminished, not increased.

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