As our education system fails Americans, the concept of school choice has risen in popularity. Thus far, school vouchers and charter schools appear to be the most popular and most commonly discussed concepts when it comes to school choice. As Col. West emphasized in a column earlier today, “It’s critical that reform of our American education system becomes a fundamental issue in this current presidential election cycle. As I’ve said before, “education is the great equalizer; with a good quality education anyone can achieve their dreams…the American dream.”
Those loudest in their opposition to school choice are Leftists, who would ironically wish to “conserve” the status quo. So here’s a story I’m dying to know whose sides liberals will take: a refugee, or the educational establishment. Fox News reports: Six refugees are suing a Pennsylvania school district, claiming they were dumped in a disciplinary school and are being denied access to a quality education. The students, who range in age from 17 to 21, are from Somalia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burma.
They had hoped to enter McCaskey High School in Lancaster, Pa., but were sent to Phoenix Academy, an alternative high school for “underachieving” students in the district.
The refugee students, who are being represented by the Pennsylvania branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, also claim to have been “traumatized” by security measures at Phoenix Academy, including pat-downs and property searches.
“[The] Plaintiffs are refugees who have fled war, violence, and persecution from their native countries,” the lawsuit says. “Having finally escaped their turbulent environment to resettle in America, these young immigrants yearn to learn English and get an education so they can make a life for themselves.”
“Our clients have already experienced much trauma and loss before arriving in this country,” Reggie Shuford, executive director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, said in a statement. “Rather than helping them make the difficult adjustment by providing educational resources required by law, the school district has denied them an education completely or forced them into an alternative school, where they are often bullied and don’t learn.”Somali refugee Qasim Hassan told the court through an interpreter, “I did not find the school that I deserved,” PennLive reported.
What do you all think? Regardless of what school they’re placed in, I think we can all agree that it’ll at least provide an education better than what they would’ve received in Somalia, Sudan, the Congo, and Burma. Hopefully.[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]