The only problem with school choice is there isn't enough of it

February 07, 2011

In your Feb. 3 article "School choice finds a welcome in Baltimore," much respectful attention is paid to critics of school choice like Diane Ravitch, who is quoted as complaining that choice programs "introduce friction into districts, splitting communities as parents battle over space and who gets to which schools."

This reminds me of my mother's reason for depriving my young, hungry self and my five siblings of goodies such as cherries and chocolate ice cream: "Ten minutes after I bring it in the house, you guys just eat it up and there is nothing left."

Bless my mom, and bless Diane Ravitch, but that sounds like an argument for more choice, not less.

David Borinsky, Baltimore

The writer is president of the Maryland Charter School Network.

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