• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Romney's Education Agenda: With a Few Edits, It Could Be Great

    Mitt Romney yesterday released his plan to reform America’s ailing education system. It goes big on school choice and parental empowerment and calls for increased transparency of results. Along the way, it admonishes education unions — and rightly so — for standing in the way of reform.

    Notably, Romney’s plan would expand D.C.’s embattled Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), which provides vouchers to low-income children in the nation’s capital. President Obama has been hostile toward the voucher program. Most recently he capped enrollment in OSP, after having agreed to its reauthorization just last year.

    Romney’s instincts to expand school choice and the OSP are spot-on. Since D.C. education is under the jurisdiction of Congress, it’s entirely appropriate to call for expanding this voucher program.

    Romney also proposes making federal education funding for low-income children and children with disabilities portable, effectively voucherizing Title I of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This is a laudable goal, but to better reflect the tenets of federalism, he should amend the language to let states make Title I and IDEA funding portable.

    In addition, Romney said: “To receive the full complement of federal education dollars, states must provide students with ample school choice. In addition, digital learning options must not be prohibited. And charter schools or similar education choices must be scaled up to meet student demand.” (Emphasis added.)

    Yes, school choice, digital learning, and charters are imperative to improving America’s education system. But the federal government should not be dictating what states must do in terms of education policy. Let’s not fall into the trap of becoming conservative technocrats — placing mandates on states to implement certain policies with which we agree. That’s the mistake some conservatives made with No Child Left Behind.

    Read the rest of Lindsey Burke’s article, Romney’s Education Agenda: With a Few Edits, It Could Be Great, at National Review.

    Posted in Education, Featured [slideshow_deploy]

    3 Responses to Romney's Education Agenda: With a Few Edits, It Could Be Great

    1. marvin hill says:

      Expanded federal subsidization of elementary education-nothing can go wrong with that -he he haw haw…'SAFE' because the mandates come from 'OUR SIDE' ?

      Teaching used to be people to people one generation to the next- Government broke this contract and the ONLY fix is for GOVERNMENT to but out – Feederal Education progams always denigrate into political indoctrination and LOWEST common denominator thinking

    2. Scot L says:

      Agree whole-heartedly Marvin. If we can't totally eliminate the Dept. Of Education, then re-purpose it to be nothing more than a clearing house to share best practices between all the States. Minimal staff and budget (just manage the database and disseminate the information).
      States and local municipalities that are closest to the children and families are the ones that need to drive the system and be responsive to those same constituents.

    3. Stirling says:

      I applaud Romney for at least starting the debate. Hopefully it will lead to more of an "indenpendent" thinking population that is not "indoctrinated" as they are today in the public school systems.

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×