How to Get Accountability in Public Education

The Reason Foundation's education maven Lisa Snell is over at the L.A. Times website debating charter schools in Los Angeles.

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    My experience with Charter school types (parents, teachers, and administrators) is that they are a bit loony.

    A neighbor a few blocks away was a charter school teacher. His kids were all home schooled. His 16 year old son was basically a thug.

    I know it is all anecdotal, but charterists raise my hackles.

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    I'll say it again: You can dicker around with the format of the schools, the hierarchy, bureacracy, etc., but until you pay a competitive wage, you won't get any kind of teacher you'd want educating your kids.

    Think about it: you graduate high school with a 3.6 GPA, go to college and come out with some awards and a 3.4 GPA. Are you going to go into education and guarantee a submarket wage the rest of your life? Or are you going to go to private business or law school and make real money? I chose the latter out of necessity, and it's a damn shame.

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