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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos sits in on a choir practice during a visit to St. Mary's Catholic School on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

In a recent Local View ("LB 295 would hurt public schools," Nov. 15), Ms. Ann Hunter-Pirtle recognizes that parochial schools, like St. Mary's Catholic School, serve "disadvantaged students whose families select this option."

Ms. Hunter-Pirtle is correct: Our families do "select" this option. However, Ms. Hunter-Pirtle fails to recognize that many do so only because of the financial assistance provided by our school and parish. Many disadvantaged families are not so fortunate.

Parochial schools, such as St. Mary's, are supported and subsidized by the tireless efforts and very generous contributions of benefactors from all walks of life. However, funding for educational tuition is not a bottomless pit.

While we do amazing things with very little, we cannot ensure that every disadvantaged family can "select" the education best suited for their children. By providing more scholarship opportunities through LB295, Nebraska can finally begin ensuring that more disadvantaged families have the freedom to truly "select" the education that best meet their child's needs.

Nina Beck, Lincoln

Principal, St. Mary's School

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