Won’t the public schools end up with all of the poor students, the disciplinary problems and those with learning disabilities?
The requirement for the public schools to keep students with disciplinary problems in the classroom will remain unchanged. It is unfortunate because these students interfere with the ability of their classmates to receive a high quality education. Unfortunately, many parents abdicate their responsibility for raising their children. That is unfair. Charter, private and religious schools do not have the same restrictions. This puts onus on the parents to be more directly involved in their child's education.
In states where school choice has been established such as Arizona, special needs students have been served very well. Special needs programs in the public schools will not be eliminated. As long as there is a demand for special needs educational programs and the parents have the ability to pay for it through their Educational Savings Account, an even greater range of quality options will emerge to meet the demand.