Originally Posted by DenverDynamite
I know in my kid's school district we had a choice whether or not we wanted our son to attend our home school,(the school closest to the house) another school, or a charter. So, at least in my area choice exists. I think we need to invest more in our schools and our teachers. Teachers need better pay, math and science need to be better emphasized, and, we need to reinvest in the arts.
It's good you have some choice. Definitely not the case everywhere though. And I agree that good teachers need better pay. Unfortunately that can't happen in a system where teachers are often simply paid for how long they've occupied their chair.
School choice will help fix some of this though. If a school has a ****ty teacher, a district can't afford to keep them around long if it means students start walking out the door. And correspondingly, schools will compete to keep the best teachers that draw students.