Mr. Rush assumes that I don’t approve of Ms. DeVos as Education Secretary (I never said if I do or don’t approve.) and assumes that I don’t approve of her because I don’t approve of charter schools. My feelings about Ms. DeVos (and no, they are not particularly positive) have to do with her lack of expertise in the area of education, as evidenced by her confirmation hearings. It would surprise Mr. Rush to know, I’m sure, that through financial aid and scholarship money, I am actually the product of private schools. Not government vouchers, which is the current argument on the table, but by qualifying for school-based financial aid and scholarship funds.
My point in writing the article was to inform readers of the ins and outs of private versus public education, and to put some real numbers out there regarding government voucher programs. Parent choice is a wonderful thing, and there are voucher programs that are wonderful, but we must be realistic about where voucher money will come from when a private school in our area can cost upwards of $20,000. And that IS an issue for our community.
Barbara Kapetanakes, PsyD.