Now a school choice movement has given government schools a sliver of competition. Private schools, charter schools, vouchers, education tax credentials, and the website offer some kind of competition. Now not all of these alternatives work, but at least they are competition for the public schools. So far the alternatives reach only a small number of kids. Unions and bureaucrats don’t want competition, and they use their political clout to stifle it. But gradually they’re losing. After fighting homeschooling for years, they’ve stopped trying to ban it, and today’s homeschoolers fair better on tests and college admission. So some in the government monopoly claim that if your kids are homeschooled, they will not be properly socialized. But homeschooled kids participate in all sorts of social events with other homeschooling families, and they do just fine, somehow, without government control.
The public schools are always asking for more money, but if you compare them with private options, they are educating kids for a lot less money and doing a better job.
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