School Choice: The Education Monopoly Needs to End

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Monday, December 10, 2012

School Choice: The Education Monopoly Needs to End

A state judge in Louisiana has ruled unconstitutional a voucher plan that would allow parents of children in failing government schools to send them to a school of their choice. The judge ruled the plan backed by Republican governor Bobby Jindal violates the state constitution because it relies on money intended in "plain and unambiguous" terms solely for public schools.

Gov. Jindal called the decision "wrongheaded and a travesty for parents across Louisiana." He is appealing, as well he should.

The government schools have become an established secular religion. If adults can choose whether to abort a child or let the child live, they should be allowed the freedom to choose the school they think their child can get the best education and thus have a better chance at success in life. A successful adult should be able to make more money, which will provide more money in taxes for politicians. That should get their attention!

Other states allow school choice with excellent results for the kids, who should be the focus. Louisiana should too. The education monopoly needs to end.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: December 10, 2012