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Voucher system would fail students most in need

The June 2 editorial “Romney’s education plan offers serious, debate-worthy proposals” and, indeed, Mitt Romney’s plan in general miss the mark because they do not address the real problem. Schools are not failing because they have no incentive to succeed. They are failing because their students have serious issues that are not being addressed.

Vouchers will help students who are motivated and who have motivated, involved parents to look out for them. These are not the students most at risk. What about the rest? What about students whose parents work three jobs, speak little English, or suffer from untreated mental or physical illness and can barely take care of themselves? What about those whose parents have just abandoned them? What happens to these students in a voucher system?

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