School choice and localism | IN 60 SECONDS
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School choice and localism | IN 60 SECONDS


After the 2016 election, some school
choice advocates hoped for a huge federal choice initiative. But the last two
decades of federal K-12 policy demonstrates why that might not be so
wise. Big, bold Washington reforms can misunderstand the important differences
between communities; generate bulky, clumsy programs; and as a result, engender
resentment among local stakeholders. So choice advocates might thank Uncle Sam
for his interest, but ask him to step back. For 25 years, states and locals have
led on school choice, and to great effect! Today, three million children attend
charters, and another half million are using the various private school choice
programs. This has been built on a humbler approach to policymaking than
swift, certain DC initiatives. It elevates parents, local nonprofits, and state
leaders – those who know their communities inside and out, and who will have to live
with the consequences of their decisions. Yes, they might move more slowly at first
and make course corrections along the way, but the result can be smart, tailored
programs that have deep local support. We should continue to trust federalism and
localism when it comes to school choice. What do you think about Uncle Sam’s role
in school choice? Let us know in your comments, and to learn more, read my
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5 Comments

  • Flameshot X2

    The less government control over the publics daily lives the better. It puts responsibility back into the American people's hands and not have everyone suckle on the governments tit.

  • Jase M outdoors

    I think the federal government should stay out of the educational system both about public school and the major universities. I believe in any school should be funded by the taxpayers of that town or community that how it used to work in that 18th century and 19th century, take the federal government to stop giving out loans for people go to college if you can't afford to go College why steal my tax dollars pay for your schooling when you can't afford it yourself

  • sirsaint88

    It's time for states to tell the feds they won't take their money anymore. That's how you get rid of the department. Don't wait for the federal congress to end a department. States need to say your out, keep your money. That way states/communities can decide how they want to educate their children. No more monolith hanging over them, no one size fits all cookie cutter policies, and no more indoctrination. Homeschooling and private schools are proving that you can do just fine with out BIG EDUCAITON, it's time for states to get bold and make that decision for themselves. Until that happens my kids won't step foot in those government indoctrination centers.

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