Inequality in Schools

An organization in Ontario called People for Education recently released a report about inequalities in public education. Some public schools, they argue, are doing better than others. This is because schools in rich areas benefit from additional fundraising capacity.

This is a real and substantial problem in some areas, especially in the United States. However, allowing educational choice is one of the most effective solutions to this problem. Although not a perfect solution, choice means that students from poorer and richer areas are more likely to go to school together, rather than be segregated by neighbourhood. Choice leads to the development of some program-based as opposed to neighbourhood-based schools, and this reduces income-based segregation.
We can be proud of the fact that educational choice, in addition to having many other benefits, promotes increased income equality.