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Focus on parents who kept their children in Normandy schools

Focus on parents who kept their children in Normandy schools

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It is interesting that the Post-Dispatch chose to include the relieved comment of school choice advocate Kate Casas in the article about the Normandy School Board’s vote to refrain from paying its transfer bills rather than the comments of parents who chose to keep their children in the Normandy Public Schools.

School choice advocates like Casas only seem concerned about those who choose to leave their school district. For some reason, the choice to remain does not matter. The lack of concern for those who choose to stay exposes the school choice movement for what it is, a strategy for destabilizing struggling neighborhood schools. This is particularly galling given that the majority of parents in Normandy, more than 75 percent, chose to keep their children in the district.

Their choice should be the predominant concern. Their children are losing resources because the state forces the district to spend more on transfer students than on the students who choose to remain.

Susan Turk  •  St. Louis

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