The Clergy for Education Options, a nonprofit group of pastors who visited Charleston last fall to press for more charter schools in black communities is picking up the banner for private school vouchers. While tax credits for private school have been framed as pulling money from public schools, Clergy for Education Options says it will help pull students up out of struggling public schools.

“Over the summer, we’ve got to make this a wedge issue in our community,” said the Rev. Richard Davis, of Clergy for Education Options. “This system we have sends more kids to jail and prison than to college.”

Personally, I think they should stick with the charter school effort. The problem with private schools is the lack of sufficient monitoring. Charter schools not only address that problem, they also receive much more in public funding than the $2,500 proposed in the failed voucher amendment.

While the clergy may be for education options, not every option is created equal.