School choice produces segregation: racial segregation, religious segregation, socioeconomic segregation. That is why the idea of school choice originated with Southern governors in the wake of the Brown V. Board of Education decision. They were determined to defend racially separate public schools. Their strategy was school choice. They knew that if students could choose their schools, they could preserve segregation. The federal courts put a halt to that. For more on that, read Mercedes Schneider’s fine book School Choice, which provides a history of this idea in the United States.
But now along comes the Trump administration and Betsy DeVos telling us that school choice is the “civil rights issue of our time.”
This would be a sick joke if it weren’t so serious.
The latest evidence on this front comes from Michigan, where MLive, which is read across the state, reports that racial segregation has intensified as school…
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