• The path to a better future goes directly through our public schools. I have nothing against private schools, parochial schools and home schooling, and I think that parents with the means and inclination should choose whatever they believe is best for their children. But those choices cannot compete, and cannot come at the expense of what has been -- and what must always be -- the great equalizer in our society, a free and equal public education.

    Howard Dean's speech on the Future of the Democratic Party at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., December 8, 2004.
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