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Dobbs Report: Tough Decisions
Today's High Court decision on vouchers is a frank admission that our public schools are not working
June 27, 2002: 7:48 PM EDT
By Lou Dobbs, Lou Dobbs Moneyline

NEW YORK (CNN) - Today, a decision by the Supreme Court that, while I agree with the conclusion, I regret. I regret the crying need in our educational system that resulted in this case in the first place. The decision to support vouchers for both religious and private schools will certainly, appropriately support choice for those who otherwise would not be able to afford their children the education they deserve... but it is also a frank, and authoritative admission that our public schools are not working.

I worry that this decision will make it less likely, not more likely, that our public school system will improve. I attended public schools, my wife as well, and all four children. But next year, my daughters will at their insistence be going to private school to complete their high school education. Because they want more discipline in the classroom, more challenging material, and teachers who can focus on teaching, not trying usually unsuccessfully, to maintain order. All of our children deserve better. And while I support my daughters decision, I regret it.... I feel much the same way tonight about today's Supreme Court decision.  Top of page

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