Chip Williams: All about money

08/26/2014 6:05 PM

08/26/2014 6:06 PM

Your Aug. 22 editorial “ Vouchers, down” praising Judge Robert Hobgood’s decision finding private school vouchers unconstitutional missed the core of this contentious debate.

Arguments against giving private school vouchers to underprivileged families are not about taking money away from public schools, the state constitution or the separation of church and state; it is about who has power and control over students and money. When we give scholarships to poor families that allow them to choose their own schools, it takes power and control away from the government administrators who tell them and us where our children have to go to school and what they are taught.

Progressive opponents of vouchers care more about maintaining their absolute control over the $8 billion budget than they do about giving the poor equal opportunity and access to better schools.

Chip Williams

Raleigh

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