It’s school choice week!
What’s that? It’s a week about giving parents and kids a choice of schools, so they aren’t stuck in failing, government-run schools.
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At some of these alternatives, amazing things happen. I visited one school where the kids LIKE learning. Reading is "rockin’ awesome," one kid tells me.
That school was created by Eva Moskowitz. Her “Success Academy" now runs 46 charter schools that teach more than 15,000 students. As a charter, she has more freedom to innovate.
Her school gets amazing results: 95% of kids pass the state math test, and 84% pass English. At government monopoly schools x and x pass.
Despite her success with kids, she receives nasty criticism.
Critics say that she only takes the best kids. But that’s false. The kids are selected by random lottery.
Critics say she pushes difficult kids out of her school to increase her results. That’s also false; her schools have a lower drop-out rate than public schools.
See the video above for more on what school choice can accomplish.