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Lack of Choosers

What if the government sponsored a school-choice program and nobody applied? That’s not precisely the predicament of the new D.C. school-choice plan, but it’s not far off: There are more spaces available than there are applicants, according to this story. Part of the problem is a failure to publicize the opportunity. Restrictions on eligibility are another challenge–only low-income students qualify, and, dispiritingly, organizers are turning away hundreds of low-income students currently enrolled in private schools (apparently on the grounds that their parents, already making enormous financial sacrifices, don’t need the help). But the Left is going to seize this as an example of the public not wanting school choice.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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