(WASHINGTON TIMES) — America’s educational system is leaving behind anyone who starts with disadvantages, and that is wrong. Those born in poverty already face significant challenges. For those striving to climb the ladder of success, we must fix our schools.
The question then bears asking: What is the best way? Let’s start with what we’ve tried.
We have cut classroom size in half and tripled spending on education, and still we lag behind much of the world. We have moved control from the local level to the federal level. We have passed No Child Left Behind, which has not worked, and which most teachers I speak to would like repealed.
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What we have not done is return to local control, nor have we embraced the power of competition.
Let’s start by agreeing that a great education needs to be available for everyone, whether you live on a country club lane or in government housing.
I am convinced this will only happen when we allow school choice for everyone, rich or poor, from any background.