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[Susan notes: This is an important point to consider, one not mentioned by anybody that I know of.]

Submitted to USA Today but not published

To the editor

Your article ignores one major reason why preschoolers are expelled more than public school students. Very simply, a vast majority of preschool programs recieving federal and state money are private agencies, doing so via vouchers. Therefore, they have no legal obligation to keep hard to educate children, and choose not to do so. Since the safety net of truly public programs which have to keep students and provide services for those who are hard to educate is much smaller at the preschool level, the problem is much more obvious.

Do we have any reason to believe that large numbers of vouchers to private schools at the elementary and secondary levels would turn out better?

Donna Metler

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