What's left of the left's political soul, after selling most of it to the abortion industry, has been mortgaged to the teachers' unions. When the principle of "choice" -- conjured to legitimize the first sale -- is mentioned in terms of the second, it immediately becomes a cruse. There are many obvious and petty reasons for this, but one of the more subtle ones is this: Some of the best alternatives to public school education -- which produce much better results with far less cost -- are Catholic schools, and there is always a slight chance that children attending these schools will pick up a few points of basic moral theology which might very well complicate their moral acquiescence in the abortion on demand regime of Roe v. Wade, on the continuation of which one of our political parties has placed all its chips.
That aside, the economic argument for choice is compelling. The scholars at the Cato Institute is to be congratulated for doing, if you'll pardon the expression, their homework on this issue.