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  • Ryan Makes Case for School Choice

    House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI) made a strong case yesterday for the need to ensure that every child in America has the opportunity to attend a school of choice. “If we want to restore the promise of America,” Ryan stated, “then we must reform our broken public-school system.”

    Ryan is right.

    Millions of children pass through our nation’s broken public schools year after year. Too many of those children have no other choice. Confined by their parent’s zip codes and economic means, they are assigned to government schools, where, in some of our nation’s largest cities, they are just as likely to drop out as they are to graduate.

    Providing those children with a choice isn’t a radical idea: School choice means funding children instead of institutions and allowing dollars to follow them to educational options that best meet their unique learning needs. But no matter how common-sense school choice might seem, the usual suspects—special interest groups concerned with maintaining a self-serving status quo—will try to stand in the way. As Ryan noted:

    The special interests that dominate this system always seem to have their own futures lined up pretty nicely. But when you think about the future of the young adults that the system has failed, many will face a lot of grief and disappointment—and their country owes them better than that.

    School choice places the interests of children (and parents, teachers, and taxpayers) before the interests of the adults in the antiquated assignment-by-zip-code public education system. Above all, school choice creates freedom in a moribund system stifled by government regulation and based on a monopolistic design that is alien to nearly every other aspect of American life. To improve American education, that has to change. As Ryan concluded:

    When you set aside all the obstacles to education reform, you are left with one obvious fact: Every child in America should have this kind of opportunity. Sending your child to a great school should not be a privilege of the well-to-do.… I believe that choice should be available to every parent in our country, wherever they live. Education reform is urgent, and freedom is the key.

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    3 Responses to Ryan Makes Case for School Choice

    1. Bobbie says:

      Because it isn't within the control of those that pay the way, ALL Schools paid by taxing should have standards with moral ethics and accountability and no union. if there was sincerity in the public school system taxes wouldn't raise to increase cost of living for union reasons, exceeding the private sectors' as government obligates every non government, self reliant, employed life more costs, less living. Get the feds out and keep the states in control. Less government, less corruption, more ability to trust! If there's a state that can't control it then give it to the private sector but any state that gives their control to feds is a poorly weakened state by personal choice! Unqualified!! Expectations of integrity and responsibilities of government service should be high not mocked at high pay!

    2. @undefined says:

      I have been a full time parent for 15 years. By that I do not mean that I have been a mother for 15 years. This significant distinction, yet still unacknowledged by society at large, is at the root of the problem in public education in America. Parents are not doing their jobs in large part and the problems in the classroom have much less to do with academics.
      Classroom/ school behavior is a huge deterrent to learning. it is rampant and it is the result of an absence of American parenting. No amount of dollars is going to change that but the unions have the teachers believing it is about money. It's not. It is about the lack of personal responsibility and accountability of and by parents nationwide.
      No one wants to bring that up…. why not? It's so obvious. For the record, I am not a parent. I am a full-time at home parent with children in public school, trying to advance the movement for school choice but frustrated that no one will talk about parents part in this problem.

      • Bobbie says:

        parents are an easy scapegoat. The government doesn't allow discipline and kids spend more time in school then they have quality time at home.

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