I applaud Maryland lawmakers who have agreed to create a $5-million grant program for state-funded private-school scholarships. Maryland now has two choice programs for its students, the other being charter schools. This decision will have a lasting positive impact on many children who might not otherwise have the opportunity for a good education.
The door has been open to public school decline for decades now. There is no busting down of the door going on. It is a slow and creaking decline that is due to a system buffered from change. Every child matters in Maryland and deserves a good education, no matter what underperforming pocket of a school district that child is from. That $5 million will make a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of children who would otherwise be funneled to a failing neighborhood school. How can you make an argument against that? By making it about money and not the child that this program will surely help.
America was built on choice and freedom as a basic right. Education in the U.S. is the last sector that has not embraced the idea that competition does lead to quality.
America has a system of schools that hasn’t kept pace with the rest of our society. As charter schools continue to improve and this grant program gets underway, I will wait to hear the success stories from those young boys and girls who are benefiting from our public education money.