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Letter: School choice could help neediest

This is a first grade classroom at the

This is a first grade classroom at the end of the day Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Every child should receive the best possible education we can provide. The problem is that we cannot agree how to do that. We force children to attend failing schools because we will not allow them vouchers to go to better schools ["Rally for school tax credit," News, March 15].

Yet there was a time we bused children to better schools as a means of forced integration. The teachers unions fight for more money but haven't tied a wage increase to grade increases. Only with a quasi-government system could these condition continue.

The answer is to attach the money to the child, and allow the parents to send their child to the school they choose. Many European countries do it that way, and they are beating us in math and science grades.

Bad schools would lose students, and better schools would gain. How can we continue to be so cruel to force the children that need the most help into the schools that offer the least?

James Laurita, Commack