President of National School Choice Week Andrew Campanella Talks Progress in the Movement


"What we have is not just one sector of school choice growing but all sectors," says President of National School Choice Week, Andrew Campanella. Campanella sat down with Reason Foundation's Director of Education Lisa Snell to talk about the significant progress made in the school choice movement over the last decade.

"We are finally becoming a country where parents are no longer conditioned to think that they don't have choices when it comes to their kid's education," says Campanella.

Campanella says that different parts of the school choice movement are growing in ways that were unimagined ten years ago through open enrollment for public schools, magnet schools, public charter schools, scholarship programs, homeschooling and online learning.

Reason TV has already been to Newark, New Jersey and Houston, Texas to cover National School Choice Week events in 2014, and will cover events in Los Angeles and San Fransisco.

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    1. I think is even worse ... a scarf!

  3. NATIONAL School Choice Week? Isn't this part of the problem? There is no such thing as a national level 'choice'. Whatever gets 'chosen' gets mandated back down.

    We eliminated 100,000+ individual school boards (run by parents/teachers/neighbors) in the 1940's/1950's in order to consolidate governance into 13,000+ 'school districts' run by professional pedagogues. Those professionals then began to argue for federalizing governance so they could vacuum up rent. So now we can make grand ideological decisions about education driven mostly by thinktanks based in DC. Central planning with a free market face?

    1. Well that is the problem with the Federales. Once they get their hooks into you, you can't beat them at the local level, ever for clearly local issues. Ok, what I wrote isn't entirely true. But now with 80% school districts under common core, how will school choice play out in public schools?

      I want my kid to leave a shitty centrally planned school to across town to another shitty centrally planned school?

  4. My daughter is a teacher at a Newark public school. It's being closed. I've been trying to tell her the benefits of school choice, but all she sees is her job in jeopardy.

    Any suggestions on reading material that might help present my case without her going ballistic?

    1. hmmmm ... your daughter must already know what professional options are available to her. Stay a public school where teaching freedoms and responsibility is nil or, for less money, exercise professional skills at a private school, if she can get a job at one. Turns out there is a line looking for employment where one is treated as an adult - even if it is for less money.

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