The reason private schools seem to do better is because they are smaller and the parents have some say in the governance ("Making schools competitive," April 7). However, if voucher legislation is passed, as in Indiana, these schools will be brought under the strong arm of the government — especially with Common Core, where eventually there will be no variety, as touted by the article. When the government gets through with funding and regulating the private schools, there will be no choice.
Why not have our public schools do what makes private schools successful instead of turning private schools into public schools with vouchers? Divide up the gigantic public schools and school districts and get rid of national interference like NCLB and CCSS (Common Core). Vouchers will do just the opposite of what we need. Let's address the root problem and divide as we grow to get them back to the size that works.
David N. Cox