The reason public schools don’t improve is not a lack of funds. State and local governments have continually increased spending for K-12 education. Rather than throw even more money at the problem, states should institute school choice on a broad scale, moving toward a competitive education market. The only way to transform the system is to break up the long-standing government monopoly and use the dynamics of the market to create innovations, better methods, and new schools.

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