June 24 2009
IWF in the News: 'G.I. Bill' for School Choice?
Vicki E. Alger, Ph.D
A school-choice advocate is suggesting a radical idea in support of school choice.
Vicki Murray is the project director of the Independent Women's Forum Women for School Choice initiative. She suggests that, in light of the 65th anniversary of the G.I. Bill of Rights that gave returning veterans educational grants, the U.S. government should craft another such bill for school choice. She says the G.I. Bill helped usher in one of the longest periods of economic expansion in U.S. history.
Murray believes the U.S. is starting to slip in education, and the area suffering the most is K-12 education.
"So why not take the G.I. Bill concept of funding students directly through grants and scholarships and let them pick their schools just like we let 18-year-olds pick their school?" she suggests. "Because this is what happens: when money follows students, students can pick any school they want to. Schools have to compete a lot harder to work for students and their education dollars -- and if they don't get the job done, consequences are immediate."
Murray says the American government currently has a monopoly on education at the K-12 level, and the effects are obvious.