In larger school districts, we should abolish the local school board, and auction off each school to the highest bidder with the following understanding: that the new owners will be paid according to how their students do on standardized tests; "Distinguished" scores get 1.3*cost; "Proficient" scores get 1.0*cost; etc. This would create a systemic incentive to improve, which is the primary ingredient missing from the current system.
On September 28, the movie Won’t Back Down, a Walden Media film, distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, will hit the theaters nationwide. Inspired by true events, the producer’s description is, “Two determined mothers, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.”
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