"I Can Do a Better Job"
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But we are seeing the same in basic education. The current president of the United States, Donald Trump, and his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, are both strongly advocating school choice. Deep in this advocacy is a misguided belief that simply changing the personnel in a school solves problems in basic education. This is grossly misguided because basic education suffers from factors outside the school. A charter school can only be the answer to the problems basic education faces if principals and teachers in public schools are the main causes of problems in basic education.
Fairfax county, where I live, is widely known as a place where charter schools have not sprouted. Jay Mathews of the Washington Post even wrote an article years ago with the title, "Fairfax charter school: An impossible dream?" That dream may actually come true with a bill just waiting to be signed into law.
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In Virginia, local school boards currently have the authority to veto charter schools in their communities. The bill waiting for the governor's signature allows the"Virginia Board of Education to create new regional public charter school divisions with the power to approve new charter schools in areas of the state with persistently low educational performance." Charter schools go along the same vein as "I can do a better job". It is a simplistic view that failing schools should be replaced by private schools and that such replacement will solve the problem. It is a misguided hope that in the face of competition or threat of extinction, schools will improve. The problems basic education faces, like any other major societal issues, are far more complex than people not doing a good job.