TPPF Policy Orientation Panel Local Choice: A New Idea for Freedom in Texas Education.
James Golson (TPPF); Matthew Ladner (Foundation for Excellence in Education); Monty Exter (Association of Texas Professional Educators); Tom Currah (Texas Comptroller's Office); Texas Rep. Scott Turner (R-Rockwall).
- Big Picture: There is no big picture for school choice in Texas.
- 83rd Legislature test vote failed miserably.
- New idea: Giving municipalities the option to opt-in.
- Might overcome political resistence.
- Personal note: That'll never happen
- Government schools are a permanent feature of the state.
- That being said, current practice of public education is unsustainable.
- Even if it's not a panacea, school choice will help.
- Per pupil spending has doubled over the past 20 years (2012 dollars)
- Choice would only slow the rate of growth.
- Design of a school choice will largely determine financial savings.
- If it's open to everybody, you'll subsidize folks who would have gone to private school anyway.
- Public Schools are a great fit...for some kids.
- Not one size fits all.
- Public education has become too 'top-heavy'
- A 1 to 1 teacher to administrator ratio is ridiculous.
- Competition brings out the best in people.
- "Not supporting education infrastructure" "lowers productivity across the state."
- Standardized testing creates "this whole middle management layer of administrators."
- Personal Note: That's a very self-serving statement!!!
- Lots of 'innovation' happening at the local level.