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Where Responsibility Belongs

Here’s a letter that I sent recently to the Baltimore Sun:

Kalman Hettleman thinks that the best way to improve K-12 education is to “shift school responsibility to mayors” (“Shift school responsibility to mayors,” Dec. 25).

Here’s a better idea: shift education responsibility to parents.

Mr. Hettleman likely disagrees, given that in his op-ed he doesn’t once mention parents or families.  But it is mothers and fathers – not politicians – who have the greatest interest in the welfare of their children and who know their children best.  As long as funding for schools is independent of parents’ choices of which schools to send their children, and as long as government owns and operates schools, government schools will respond less to the needs of children and more to the interests of the government-salaried bureaucrats who run each school as the monopoly that it is.

Donald J. Boudreaux