Education Money Should Follow Kids—Q&A with Reason Foundation's Lisa Snell


What's the best way to bypass the centralized bureaucracies that run America's school system? Reason Foundation Director of Education Lisa Snell is an advocate of simply attaching money to kids, so when a student leaves a failing school so does a portion of its funding. sat down with Snell to talk about how this simple reform can transform public education. 

This interview is part of National School Choice Week, a non-partisan initiative to raise awareness of how competition and choice can transform K-12 education.

Approximately 2 minutes. Filmed by Jim Epstein and Meredith Bragg, and edited by Epstein. Interview by Nick Gillespie.

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  1. I love this idea.

    In other news, Chris Christie has proposed legislation that would abolish tenure in NJ, replacing it with a system that gives teachers three-year contracts instead. Teachers would either be let go or re-upped at the end of three years. Also good news; we’ll see how far it gets in the legislature.

  2. Tenure makes no sense at all in K-12, of course.

    I say we pay them a low base salary, with the rest to be made up in the form of tips. Teach well, then you get a nice tip at the end of the year. Teach poorly, and get jack.

    There’s also another tipping method recommended by actor John Lithgow.

  3. Cnristie’s three-year contracts are still two years and 364 days more job security than most private sector employees get.

    So, I still say he’s being too nice, but I get that he’s being incremental, here. Baiting the unions and teachers into pitching a shit fit over a deal that’s still a hell of a lot better than most taxpayers have.

    1. Plus, it’s good to have them in the public eye constantly reminding everyone that they don’t believe anything is earned by individuals. Just demanded by angry mobs.

  4. Wow. Apparently reason readers/commenters don’t find school choice very interesting. I think this country has zero chance of going any direction other than full statism without school choice.

    1. It is surprising to me as well, Fiscal Meth. However, it’s getting a lot of play on FB.

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  6. That’s Mrs TWC……heh

    She’s been working hard to implement school choice.

  7. It is tought to read kids mentality as they are so sensitive. The parent should deal carefully with kids and be attentive to their kid’s likings and dislikings.

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