An article in today's Daily Post "Charters to hit school budgets hard, prompts me to revisit the charter school concept. Originally intended as a means to advance competition in the marketplace by allowing entrepreneurial schools to operate unencumbered by an archaic education code and teacher unions, that dream has been stifled by the same teacher unions from which they sought relief. Yet, the Post article makes no mention of the union issue. The article does mention an incredible fact: there is a $10,000 per child stipend which comes with those who move to charter schools!
If we put $10,000 for each child in the hands of parents willing to accept the responsibility for their children's education, there would be an enormous growth of suppliers in the education marketplace. Indeed, even half that amount, which I proposed in my Performance Accountability Voucher for Education,Web Link would produce a significant expansion of venues from which to choose. Increased parent involvement would result.