As consumers, we’re used to choices — Mac or PC, Toyota Prius or Ford Fusion, Nike or Adidas? Competition is said to produce better products and services.
Could schools use a dose of that too? Traditionally, the public school you are zoned for has enjoyed a monopoly — you have no other choice — unless you happen to live in a place like Indiana.
The Hoosier state has done more than any other to give parents alternatives to their neighborhood school, including private religious schools, online schools, and charters. And like businesses, these schools must attract students and their state dollars or they will close.
Does any of this improve education? Reporter John Tulenko traveled to Indiana — home of some of the most sweeping school choice legislation in the country, circa April 2011 — to find out.
This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
So … is school choice a good thing for American education? We convened a few experts to discuss the matter. Check it out — and then weigh in yourself. Read and comment!
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