By Eileen Sigmund
The ACLU is worried about public schools with “exclusionary” enrollment policies? That’s good to know.
Because for all but the last 20 years of our state’s existence, where you went to school depended on where you lived. Affluent families could afford to buy homes in expensive neighborhoods with high-quality schools. As for everyone else, we were at the mercy of our local district school. Students stuck in failing schools had no escape.
Talk about enrollment suppression and discrimination …
Thankfully, this injustice was significantly curtailed in Arizona over the last two decades with the adoption of open enrollment policies and advent of charter schools. These were hard-fought wins, achieved over the staunch opposition of the education establishment – namely the teacher’s union and school districts.
Where has the ACLU been? Not with Arizona families fighting for access to better schools.