A new era for parental school choice
The Washington Times
During their presidencies, “George W. Bush and Barack Obama each attempted to dramatically improve American K-12 education,” said Nathan Diament. Despite their good intentions, “the results have been lackluster.” Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” program alienated many educators and parents with its blizzard of high-stakes tests. Obama’s “Race to the Top” program tried to use financial rewards to transform schools, but largely failed, because of “entrenched education bureaucracies.” Now, under President Trump and his nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, the federal government will aggressively promote charter schools and “school choice.” Throughout the country, charter schools and religious schools have demonstrated they can give low-income parents and students a better alternative to failing public schools. DeVos and Trump have indicated they will seek to use up to $20 billion in federal funding to expand charter schools throughout the nation. After 16 years of largely failed reform efforts, “American K-12 education is long overdue for an overhaul.” It’s time to give competition a real chance, and let parents—not bureaucrats or teachers’ unions— decide where their kids go to school.