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Are School Vouchers the Solution?

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Luke Visconti’s Ask the White Guy column is a top draw on DiversityInc.com. Visconti, the founder and CEO of DiversityInc, is a nationally recognized leader in diversity management. In his popular column, readers who ask Visconti tough questions about race/culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age can expect smart, direct and disarmingly frank answers.

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Hello, what do you think of school vouchers? And, the discrepancy between inner-city schools and suburban schools with funding?


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In his book Shame of a Nation, Jonathan Kozol documents the vast difference in public-school funding between schools that serve Black and brown students and those that serve white students. This distinction, by the way, is not difficult to make because, as Kozol documents, schools are more segregated than ever before in our history.
 
Vouchers are not a good solution—however, until school funding is equalized, I don’t see how I can be against them. I am fortunate enough to give my children the best possible education. I’d like that option to be open to everyone. The problem is that if the best and brightest leave the public-school system, what happens to the kids left behind?

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