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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, July 01, 2020

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

Are my eyes deceiving me? Did the Washington Post run an editorial in favor of school choice?

Here’s what I thought I read on the Post editorial page today, in a reflection on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Espinoza case:

The winners were low-income parents who want the best for their children, and their sons and daughters who might benefit from what wealthier families take for granted: choice in selecting an appropriate school.

That can’t really be the editorial stand of the Washington Post, can it? Read the editorial for yourself, and let me know if I’m hallucinating.

If I read the column correctly— if even the Post has finally grasped the truth that competition can enhance educational quality— then the Espinoza decision really could be a watershed moment in American history. We could witness an explosion in educational alternatives, a burst of entrepreneurial creativity, and an end to the encrusted and inefficient government educational monopoly. …

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