Education “is the civil rights issue of this century,” John McCain said in his acceptance speech at the Republican convention.
Equal access to public education has been gained, but what is the value of access to a failing school?
We need to shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition, empower parents with choice.
Let’s remove barriers to qualified instructors, attract and reward good teachers, and help bad teachers find another line of work.
When a public school fails to meet its obligations to students, parent — when it fails to meet its obligations to students, parents deserve a choice in the education of their children. And I intend to give it to them.
Some may choose a better public school. Some may choose a private one. Many will choose a charter school. But they will have the choice, and their children will have that opportunity.
Senator Obama wants our schools to answer to unions and entrenched bureaucrats. I want schools to answer to parents and students.
And when I’m president, they will.
So, he’s big on choice and silent on No Child Left Behind.
Education Week’s campaign blog has a lot more on McCain and education.