Opting out: School choice the wrong way
House Bill 542 would have amended state law to ';Require school districts to adopt a policy allowing an exception to specific course material based on a parent';s or legal guardian';s determination that the material is objectionable.'; Though that sounds appealing at first blush, it is so broad that it would make public education essentially an a la carte menu.
It is true that public schools are too inflexible and don';t allow enough choice. They would benefit greatly from the competition that comes from charter schools and vouchers. But this bill put the burden on each public school to create a curriculum catered to each family';s individual tastes. Schools would have to provide alternatives to any instruction a family opposed, and a family could oppose anything for any reason. That is neither workable, nor sensible.
Gov. John Lynch vetoed the bill last week. He was right to do so.