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Steve Forbes on School Choice


Choice in education makes us more moral & more educated

I support true parental control of education. If you want to send your child to a parochial school, you should have the freedom to do so & the government should not stand in your way. If you want to homeschool your child, you should be free to do so & not have the whole bureaucracy on your backs with truancy. If you want your child in a secular school, go ahead. Freedom of choice for parents is absolutely critical. Then we’ll have a more moral people, a better educated people, and a stronger America.
Source: GOP Debate in Johnston, Iowa Jan 16, 2000

More charters; vouchers at private & parochial schools

Source: Vote-Smart.org 2000 NPAT Jan 13, 2000

Supports public school choice & private school choice

Public school choice and charter schools are essential to improving public education. That’s because most parents want to keep their children in the public school system-but they also eagerly want public schools to improve dramatically and respond to their needs and to the needs of their children. Private school choice is also important, especially for those parents who live in the inner city, where private and parochial education is high quality and low cost.
Source: “A New Birth of Freedom,” p. 52-3 Nov 9, 1999

Home schooling: let parents teach without interference

The phenomenon of home schooling is a wonderful example of the American can-do attitude. Growing numbers of parents have become disenchanted with government-run public schools. Many parents have simply taken matters into their own hands, literally.. The real danger is the threat of new government restrictions aimed at hobbling the home schooling movement. We must guard against such Washington-knows-best interference and protect the freedom of parents to teach their children with excellence.
Source: “A New Birth of Freedom,” p. 61 Nov 9, 1999

Supports tax-supported vouchers for religious schools

[In a speech to the Christian Coalition], Forbes embraced the coalition’s view on using tax-supported vouchers for private religious schools and said he wanted to end the role that federal government has in local education.
Source: Boston Sunday Globe, p. A28 Oct 3, 1999

Parental control will work even in inner cities

Regarding school choice in poor neighborhoods: “Experts have told me, ‘you should see these parents. They’re single. They’re not equipped. They don’t know what they’re doing.’

[But] all it takes is two or three energetic parents to get a school system turned around. On a committee, it’s one or two people who energize it. Same thing you’ll see in parental control of schools. People do rise up from most unlikely sources. There’s no other way to do it. The top down approach hasn’t worked.”

Source: Speech at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Nov 27, 1995

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