The Future of School Choice


Teachers unions? Complacent parents? Bureaucracy? Dumb kids? Misinformation? The U.S. spends more on K-12 education than virtually any country in the world, yet our educational system yields mediocre results.

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On January 20, 2011, Reason's Nick Gillespie and Lisa Snell led a discussion on the future of school choice at Reason's DC HQ. The participants included Virginia Walden Ford, a pioneer in the District of Columbia's school choice movement; Rebeca Huffman of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers; Patrick M. Byrne, the Ph.D. CEO of and chairman of The Foundation for Educational Choice; and Joe Trippi, the Democratic campaign strategist who brought the Internet to politics.

This event was held to kick off National School Choice Week, an initiative to raise awareness of how competition and choice can transform public education.

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