Public pluralism

John Coons, Stephen Sugarman write editorial letters to First Things, February 2012

John Coons: Our melange of state-funded and private schools have maintained choice for families who can afford either to locate in a desirable district or pay private tuition. Those who cannot do either get educated in a school chosen by strangers. We trust only the well-off parents.

Stephen Sugarman: Charter schools are now at the heart of the public school choice movement. But the one type of school currently not permitted to be a charter school is the religious school. This forces parents who prefer a religious education for their children either to pay for it, find financial aid, or settle for something else.