I believe relinquishing power back to educators and families will significantly increase the quality of public schooling in this nation.
Relinquishment is an educational approach based on three principles:
1. Families should be able to choose where to send their children to school, as different students will thrive in different environments.
2. Educators should be able to run their own publicly funded schools – so that those closest to children can create and scale innovative schools that respond to children’s needs.
3. Government should regulate the system for both performance and equity – so as to ensure that public schools are educating children at high levels and that all children have equal access to these schools.
New Orleans is the closest example we have to this model.
In New Orleans, 90% of children attend educator run non-profit schools. Families, regardless of where they live, can choose to attend nearly any school in the city (and are given free transportation). The government annually publishes a letter grade system that provides performance information on each school. And, to ensure equal access for every child, the government manages centralized enrollment, transfer, and expulsion processes.