After several decades of increasing federal influence in education, some have begun to argue that is time for the federal, state, and/or local governments to back out. They argue that despite ever increasing funding, there are no data to support the theory that the government has improved public education.
Some would like to see educational funding revert entirely to state and local municipalities. Others would like to see all levels of government get out of funding education, and have parents pay for educating their children, just as they pay for feeding their children. In the short term, this would create a system shock, as many districts would suffer funding shortages. Over time, you would see a transformation of many districts. In areas that attract educated people, you would see more school choices, as entrepreneurs entered the field in order to capitalize on the demand. There would also be an increase in philanthropic funding from businesses, as they respond to meet their workforce needs.
- Discuss: How does government fund education?
School voucher systems are potentially a middle ground between the current federal system and one that is either entirely local or entirely private. Schoolchoices.org argues for a completely private, market-based system. However, a vouchers implementation need not exclude federally run schools. It would, however, assure that those schools improved or be unfunded.
- Discuss: How is money spent on schools?