Dozens of states expanded school choice in the last two years, allowing more students to leave government-run schools.
But David Walrod, the president of a teachers’ union in Fairfax, Virginia, says the new school choice programs are harmful.
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Many kids have good reasons to leave government-run schools. Such schools often needlessly shut down for Covid, and stayed closed for two years. Some indoctrinate kids. Many leave bad teachers on the job. Many spend absurd amounts of money. (Fairfax, Virginia, schools spend more than $300k per classroom.)
But Walrod says that school choice will create too many different schools, and duplicate wasteful bureaucracies.
You can watch our debate in the video above.