We want a system where education dollars are spent on students’ education, not on bureaucracy. Schools must be held accountable for serving children’s educational needs and not growing bureaucracy. But how can we achieve such accountability?

For decades, politicians have promised that by shifting power upward to the district, state, and federal levels, they could hold schools accountable. But such “accountability” has had inadequate results and has even tied the hands of teachers and principals with bureaucratic red tape.

The obvious reaction is to hold our elected officials accountable for failing to deliver on promises. This is good. But we must introduce effective accountability to schools by empowering every parent to hold his or her child’s school accountable. Many districts around the country are already experiencing the power of parent accountability through:

* Charter schools (public schools that are privately run and that parents can choose no matter their location)

* Opportunity scholarships (which allow low-income and special-needs kids to attend private schools of their parents’ choice)

* Education tax credits (which allow individual taxpayers and businesses to donate to scholarship-granting organizations and to take a tax credit for the donation)

* Vouchers (which allow money that would have been spent on a child in public school to follow a child to the private school of his or her parent’s choice)

* Homeschooling

* Open enrollment (which allows parents to choose public schools outside the district boundary lines of their home residence)

These solutions and more are forms of “school choice.”


* The Moral Demand for School Choice

* The Scientific Evidence for School Choice

* School Choice FAQs