School Choice in Urban Communities

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Former U.S. Congressman Floyd H. Flake of New York, who has long been a leader in the fight for school choice, spoke June 6, 2000, at a Pioneer Forum on urban education reform and school choice. Reverend Flake is also senior pastor of the Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica, Queens, NY, which is home to a 500-student private school. While in Congress, Reverend Flake co-sponsored a bill that would provide scholarships for children in poor neighborhoods to attend public, private, or religious schools of their choice. The following is an edited transcript of his Forum remarks.

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