One thing that has erupted many critics in my area is voucher-choice schools. Within the last 5 years, local administration has allowed for families to choose the school that they want their student to attend using a lottery system. As you can imagine, this radical change has cause four main concerns/priases:
1) Funding follows the student in my area; if a families decides to send their student out of district the neighborhood school is now loosing money.
2) Not every families can send their student to a school across the city; transportation child-care needs often limit this freedom from low-income families.
3) Neighborhood schools (mostly those that are promidently black) are closing becuase of lack of funding.
4) The goal of this lottery system was to ensure that every student has the freedom to choose the best education for them. But as you can see from the three concerns above, this is not always the cause and could cause more harm them good.
My questions for the community is; Have you seen this in your area? How has black/brown communities suffered or gained from this change? Has education become better or worse?