Video: The Coronavirus Pandemic, Reopening Schools, and Fixing School Finance Systems
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Video: The Coronavirus Pandemic, Reopening Schools, and Fixing School Finance Systems

The school reopening debate is such a contentious issue right now in part because we currently fund school systems instead of students.

As the coronavirus surges in several parts of the country, the debate about when and how to reopen schools is such a contentious issue in part because the United States funds school systems instead of students. In this segment on Fox News Channel’s The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton, I argue that we should fund individuals instead of systems to empower families—just like we do with several other taxpayer-funded initiatives, including Pell Grants, the GI Bill, pre-K programs, and more. 

With so much uncertainty surrounding schools, we also discuss how families are searching for alternatives to the traditional K-12 public school system, such as micro-schools and homeschool co-ops. More families would have access to these alternatives if education funding followed children to wherever they receive their educations. Teachers could also benefit from such a system, which would likely offer them smaller class sizes, more autonomy, and higher salaries.

Corey A. DeAngelis is the director of school choice at Reason Foundation.