• I appreciate the words here, but I believe Martin has it exactly backward. What parental choice does is put the public back into public education. Almost all of us believe in publicly funding education through taxes is a proper role of government. However, not everyone believes that what we call public schooling is the same thing as public education, or educating children in the public interest. Moreover, what was once a more community based institution – our publicly funded, state and local run schools – has, in fact, become the modern engine of classism and segregation. And, if we are really worried about budgetary pressures then why have teacher salaries gone down by 2% since the 1990s while at the same time enrollment went up, as did the number of non-teaching staff. Finally, money already follows children to schools, just traditional schools. If we want to be serious about it then those in the system would argue that no one should move across district lines to go to another public school since the money follows them to that school. Let’s get serious about this problem and try to avoid rhetoric.