This headline and story, ladies and gentlemen, is what market education reform is all about:
School board, staff to address student exodus
Saying it's time to take a direct role in addressing parents' concerns about district schools, the Columbus Public Schools Board of Education pledged to create a vision statement to guide policies that will strengthen the city schools and keep students from leaving.
At the same time, administrators and staff members promised to work together on ways to make the the district better.
Board members held a special meeting last Thursday, along with administrators and members of the district's employee unions, to discuss a survey that said one in nine parents plans to withdraw their child from CPS this year.
That, in a district that has lost nearly 7,000 students to charter schools over the past several years, and stands to lose more because of private school vouchers this fall....