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Looking beyond public vs. private

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October

Jon East, the former Times editorial writer turned voice of Florida's voucher movement, chimes in with an op-ed that popped up in the Gainesville Sun after our This Morning's News roundup was completed.

In it, East makes the case that "not every private option is an attack. In some cases, and scholarships for low-income children is surely one, the intent is merely to give disadvantaged students another tool to succeed."

He calls for folks on both sides of the argument to find some common ground for the good of those students:

To me, the old fight over private school choice is a distraction to our collective effort to lift up children in poverty. This year a third of all Democrats and a majority of the Black Caucus voted to expand the program. They agree that poor kids aren't public or private. They are simply in need, and they deserve all of our best efforts.

To read the column in full, click here.

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