It used to be that few children could expect a good education unless their parents were rich. Thus, we established schools paid for with tax dollars so poorer children could get some minimum level of education to the benefit of society in general. Because of the tax subsidy, all could send their children of the public schools.
The wealthy, of course, opted for a better education at their own expense. The less wealthy who could afford a better education through high school, opted for the free public schools through high school, while they saved money for higher education after high school. The poor could not opt out of public schools and would more likely not be able to afford further education beyond high school.
But the public schools became racially and economically segregated. To rectify this problem, we adopted forced school busing. Now, those who prefer economically segregated or religiously segregated schools have given us the so-called charter schools, supported with public school tax dollars.
Now charter schools suck up tax dollars to the detriment of public schools so the better-off can now better afford a charter school and still save money for college. Some poor may be able to get into a charter school but will still not have the money for college.
Charter schools supported with tax dollars merely shift tax dollars from the education of the poor to the education of the economically better-off, which violates the original purpose of providing a minimum education for the nation’s poor with taxpayer dollars.
In addition, shifting tax dollars from the public schools to religiously affiliated charter schools is a scheme to enable the various religions to steal tax dollars from the public schools, the poor, and taxpayers to maintain and spread their particular brand of religious propaganda under the color of education.
They can do it only because they have political clout and the support of the wealthy who prefer economic segregation where education can vastly determine who will be the future winners and the losers in our society.
RICHARD D. SLOAN Fort Wayne