For an Administration hell-bent on "choice," (when it applies to economics and not personal morality) they have done everything possible to arrest any possibility of choice in the public schools. With NCLB's idiotic requirements, ED's position is that you are either with us or you are closed, er, turned over to Whittle to use at public expense.
When we get enough parents and teachers talking together, enough phone calls to Congressmen, and enough people in the streets as we move toward the opportunity in 2007 to separate from this NCLB insanity, perhaps we can start talking about real choice in the public schools, rather than reducing all of them to scripted test prep factories that represent no choice at all. Here is a clip from a thoughtful op-ed on the subject from the Hartford Courant:
. . . . In a free-market system of private schools, it is the parents who decide where to send their kids, based on a subjective assessment of the whole curriculum. That this concept works well is proved by the history and modern vigor of private secondary schools and colleges in the United States. There is no significant reason similar market incentives cannot and should not be built into public schools choice as well.
In the big-government NCLB system, however, federal officials decide which schools are deemed failures, based on an objective assessment of math and reading skills. . . .