The Gantelope’s Andrew Coulson endorses South Carolina’s Put Parents in Charge proposal, which uses tax credits (and scholarships for low-income families) to make it financially feasible for parents to choose public, private or home schooling.
Here’s Coulson’s response to a proposal to allow parents to use tax credits only at schools that use South Carolina’s testing system.
We all want children to get a solid grounding in the academic basics and to be prepared for success in private life as well as participation in public life. An education system that is truly accountable to parents will also be truly accountable to the general public, because the two groups share the same basic aspirations.
That unanimity on core goals does not mean that we agree on every last detail of the curriculum, teaching methods or values that should be taught in our schools. Children are not widgets, and schools are not factories.
. . . Mandating a single state-testing program for every child in every school yanks the reins of educational power away from families and puts them back in the hands of bureaucrats.
Arizona’s tuition tax credit program is expected to become a revenue-saver for the state.