Guest POV: Mitch McConnell - Charter Schools (9/6/13)
By Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell
More than 10,000 Kentucky children drop out of school every year. One out of four high-school freshmen will not graduate within four years.
And Kentucky's education commissioner has referred to the Jefferson County school system—which has 18 of the 22 failing schools in the state—as committing "academic genocide."
Obviously, Kentucky's school system has earned a failing grade. Public charter schools could be part of the solution.
Public charter schools allow parents to take their child out of a failing school and choose a school that is right for them. They also encourage teachers to be entrepreneurial and innovative in ways that produce positive results.
In essence, a public charter school is a public school that's free of government red tape—but still held accountable for student achievement.
Forty-two states have public charter schools. Kentucky does not.
Why shouldn't Louisville parents have the right to choose the best education for their child—a right that parents across the river in Indiana enjoy?
I think they should. I'm Senator Mitch McConnell, and that's my…Point of View.