One of the few things that all Americans agree on about education is that it must improve. How, specifically? There we differ.
Wisconsin was a pioneer in a drive to find an improvement — the school choice movement. Milwaukee’s program to let parents direct state aid to the school of their choice is now more than three decades old and has produced remarkable results for the tens of thousands of families that have taken part. More recent expansions are spreading those benefits across Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, other states are embracing even more far-reaching visions of parental empowerment by choice, and new exposure of the flaws in the traditional district public school model means it’s time to see how Wisconsin can move forward as well.
We should enrich the environment in which millions of parents, and the myriad of educators who want to work with them, find what is right for each child. They know the children. They know the job. We should empower them.
That only happens by making Wisconsin’s promise of school choice available for all families. Here is how to do that.