news of Detroit Public Schools scoring record lows on a national
test, an editorial in The
recommends following the lead of Washington,
D.C., which adopted a mayoral control system. The editorial cites the effective control that resulted as the recipe for success.
Unfortunately, The News bypassed the most effective reform in the nation's
capital: The D.C. Opportunity
program (use the scroll bar to select "District of Columbia").
grants $7,500 annual scholarships to a limited number of low-income students,
who can use the scholarship to attend any private school in the city. Of the
7,200 applicants in 2008, 1,900 students received scholarships via a lottery
study released this
year showed overall achievement gains for students in the program. Parents of
these children were more satisfied with their schools than those with children
in public schools, and participating schools were safer. Washington
residents on the whole support the
wants to turn things around quickly for kids trapped in a failed school system,
it will run, not walk, in the direction of implementing Washington, D.C.'s most
successful reform program.
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