Let parents dictate school funding

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Original article can be found on Chicago Tribune.com

April 24, 2013

Regarding, “Charter school parents form advocacy group,” (News, April 23), this battle between public schools and charter schools is completely off base. Rather than this silly fighting, let’s change the very paradigm upon which public education is based.

Let’s fund parents and children rather than the education establishment. The schools in Illinois spend on average just more than $13,000 per pupil per year. Let’s give this money to the parents, in some sort of state-regulated environment of course, and let them decide how and where it is spent. This one change will transform public education.

Forget charters and all the rest. Under this system, no school of any type will be “funded.” They all start at the same place: zero. The way they are funded is by attracting children and offering them a superior education. Those that do so will flourish. Those that don’t will change or go out of business. Let’s put the power where it belongs, in mom and dad’s hands.

— John Conlin, Littleton, Colo., president and founder of End the Education Plantation, Inc.

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