“We’ve moved into a world of school choice. Now, the choices aren’t all good and not everybody has nearly enough good choices…This year is the 25th anniversary of the first charter school law, which was Minnesota in 1991 and there are almost 7,000 charter schools in America today educating almost 3 million kids. This is a big deal.”
One of the few bright spots in education reform over the past two decades has been the growth of school choice, particularly with charter schools. In my new interview with Dr. Checker Finn, Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, he explains how we’re getting close to a universal belief in the concept of school choice and how this is changing education for the better. Many students who used to be trapped in failing public schools now have the opportunity to choose between public, private, charter, and magnet schools. However, school choice is still not working very well in some rural and urban areas where good options are hard to come by. It’s improving slowly, but there is still much more work to be done.