A pipeline worth opening up

A friend informs me that if Judge Sotomayor becomes Justice Sotomayor, she will join Clarence Thomas as the second current Justice whose origins include poverty and a single parent family. Judge Sotomayor is a Catholic school product. She attended the Blessed Sacrament School in the Bronx and then Cardinal Spellman High School.

Justice Thomas also graduated from Catholic schools. There are no Justices from poor, single parent families who graduated from public school.

My friend wonders: how many other future Supreme Court Justices could attend Catholic school if the president supported vouchers? And how many potential high achievers will not advance as far as they otherwise would because, in the absence of vouchers, they are trapped in failing schools?


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