| March 1, 2009

MLK III: Education 'Must Be Born Anew'

"It is no secret that public education in this country is in trouble," civil-rights activist Martin Luther King III once told OCPA. "For poor children and children of color the problem of equal access to quality education is magnified. ... America's educational systems are wholly lacking in preparing our youth for the 21st century, and accordingly, must be born anew."

Mr. King, who supports tax credits for donations to K-12 scholarship organizations, says we must "increase equal access to private education."

"Education is the key to freedom and opportunity," he said. "We basically have one supplier, the public education system, and it has become a huge bureaucracy. This bureaucracy has to be challenged. Fairness demands that every child, not just the rich, has access to an education that will help them achieve their dreams."

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