Ed week has an article here describing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s new push for school choice.
I really like small, locally controlled schools. But the problem with Rep. Cantor’s proposals is that they are in support of schools removed from the control of local school boards.
For one thing, while parents surely have a stake in their children’s education, the most important stake is the community as a whole. We need well-educated future citizens, to be our policy makers, to staff our hospitals, and to staff and run our businesses. We need citizens who can be self-supporting.
Also, the community as a while is paying for this education, and so should have control over it. I don’t want my tax dollars to fund (in the form of vouchers) religious schools, or other privately run schools. More choice in taxpayer-controlled schools is fine.