Dr. Paul Peterson has an excellent OpEd in the WSJ. Some highlights.
- To uncover what is wrong with American public schools one has to dig deeper than … recent developments in education. One needs to consider the impact of restrictive collective bargaining agreements that prevent rewarding good teachers and removing ineffective ones, intrusive court interventions, and useless teacher certification laws.
- …today there are 350,000 families on charter-school waiting lists, enough to fill over 1,000 additional charter schools.
- Among African Americans, those who favor charters outnumber opponents four to one. Even among public-school teachers, the percentage who favor charters is 37%, while the percentage who oppose them is 31%.
- Harvard’s Martin West and German economist Ludger Woessmann examined the impact of school choice on the performance of 15-year-old students in 29 industrialized countries. They discovered that the greater the competition between the public and private sector, the better all students do in math, science and reading.