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Voucher Plan for Schools

March 18, 1993

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe's column (Opinion, March 7) regarding the politicizing of the state schools superintendent position reinforces my decision to vote for the school voucher initiative in 1994. She describes agendas, infighting and glory-grabbing politicians looking for resume items. Our children deserve better than someone sitting in Sacramento making politically expedient decisions.

Competition in education will allow parents to direct their children's education. A free market, or libertarian, approach will end in happier consumers (because they have choices) and take power away from the government monopoly.

Some argue that vouchers will benefit the wealthy. I believe the wealthy are already directing their children's education. At $5,600-plus a student, though, I'm sure that educators will be amply motivated to offer quality education alternatives to all levels of society. I don't want to knock public education. I had really positive experiences at all the public schools I attended. My husband, however, did not. The issue is choice; most of us have none.

GALE MOORE

Aliso Viejo

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