Other areas for reform: Education
We’ve been talking a lot about transportation reform, and while it is certainly the primary focus of this year’s legislative session, there are many other areas of reform being explored by members of the Cost Cutting Caucus, and plenty of areas of reform that are worthy of more debate.
One of these areas, that has been discussed previously here, is the area of school choice. Earlier this week, John Tierney had an article in the NY Times on the issue of school choice, in particular examining the very successful program in Milwaukee and the benefits it has had for African-American students in the city.
One of the most poignant lines from Tierney’s article states (emphasis added):
Radio audiences have been hearing an ad calling the voucher battle “one of the greatest social justice issues we have in the country.” The speaker is Ken Johnson, an African-American who leads Milwaukee’s school board.
You read that correctly: the head of the public school board supports giving students in his system a chance to escape public schools.
As has been mentioned before, educational choice produces competition, that leads to innovation and better opportunities for students, as well as cost-savings for states and localities.
The full text of Tierney’s article is posted in the comment section.