I thought this article in the Colorado Ednews about Jeb Bush's visit to Denver was an interesting topic. He calls for more choice in education.
I live in a small rural community where kids have 3 choices: attend our local public school, drive 25 miles each way to attend the next closest public school, or homeschool. How do those of you who live in communities with private, charter, and online schools feel about how choices have affected our education system? My friends in the city tell me that they start charting an education plan for their kids as soon as they are born so they will get their kids into the "right" schools.
As crazy and old fashioned as it sounds, I love our single school community. Everyone attends the same school: ESL students, special education students, rich kids, poor kids...we all learn together. I have mixed feelings about more "choice," but I do believe that we need to offer a quality education to everyone, not just the elite who have parents involved and caring enough to get them into the "right" schools.
On the other hand, if I felt that our local school was not high quality, I would want something else for my four children.
What do you think?