Daylin Leach School Choice Part 5: Education Reform – The Pennsylvania Constitutional Mandate for “…thorough and efficient system of public educatin”
Kevin P. Chavous is an eloquent writer and a hands on, practical politician who “got it done” for the school kids of Washington, DC. Mr. Chavous makes the point that the issue is ‘non-partisan”. I have to disagree. This issue is very political. The current education system and regime is government created, government maintained, and government enforced and is, in large part, in a symbiotic relationship with the Teachers’ Unions in Pennsylvania and across the country.
Kevin P. Chavous is a noted attorney, author and national school reform leader. He served on the Council of the District of Columbia from 1993-2005, where as education committee chair, he helped to usher charter schools and parental choice into the District of Columbia. In Mr. Chavous’ first book,” Serving Our Children: Charter Schools and the Reform of American Public Education”‘, he chronicles the education reform movement in Washington, D.C. and the emergence of charter schools as a viable alternative for parents.
Public education is failing America’s children–especially those in poor urban areas. D.C. Council member Kevin Chavous has long been an outspoken advocate for educational reform that serves the needs of all of our children. In Serving Our Children, Mr. Chavous, who has been at the forefront of the charter school movement, explores what his city has learned from the charter school experience and what it means to American public education as a whole. In just five short years, under Mr. Chavous’s leadership, charter schools in Washington went from zero to nearly forty and currently enroll about 11,000 students in six schools. These schools provide more than traditional public schools can–wrap around services to poor children who are hungry, inadequately clothed, lacking sleep, and sometimes exposed to physical and emotional violence.
The Pennsylvania Constitution provides that : Public School System Section 14 The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.
This does NOT mandate government schools run by government bureaucrats and staffed by unionized employees. The ‘thorough and efficient system” can be provided in many other ways than a bureaucratic, monopoly, owned and controlled by the government. *
Two faced politicians like Daylin Leach, talking out of both sides of his mouth only demonizes disagreement at the expense of necessary reform.