Parental choice as parental rights

As the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program is debated in Washington and beyond in the coming weeks, proponents will be largely emphasizing one message: the program works.  Children get a better education when families are able to choose the schools they attend.

But the pragmatic argument shouldn’t obscure a larger question of justice. In an opinion for the Catholic University of America’s student newspaper, The Tower, ACE graduate Kevin Somok explains:

The relevant question is, rather, whether a given program helps ensure that parents have, in reality as well as law, the rights to which they are entitled precisely as parents. And to this question the answer is clear: the OSP is a
resounding success.”

Read a PDF of Somok’s argument for parental choice as a matter of justice.

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