As those first responsible for the education of their children, parents have the right to choose a school for them which corresponds to their own convictions. This right is fundamental. As far as possible parents have the duty of choosing schools that will best help them in their task as Christian educators.Public authorities have the duty of guaranteeing this parental right and of ensuring the concrete conditions for its exercise.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia, and the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, is a strong advocate of parental choice in education. He recently told the annual Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference meeting in Harrisburg:

The debate over school vouchers and an increase in EITC funding is a pivotal moment for education in Pennsylvania. School choice is about more than education; it’s also about opportunity, justice and parental rights. Its goal is always the same-to empower parents to educate their children as they judge best, and to provide poor families with alternatives and real opportunities to succeed.

The Archbishop is absolutely correct. The unwillingness of those currently in charge of the Federal Educational Bureaucracy to consider school choice, when everyone knows our National educational system is broken, exposes the difference between rhetoric and reality, real concern for real reform and sophistry.

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