ON-Lion Letter
"Given the size of the existing U.S. investment in K-12 schooling, the key to addressing the problems facing our education system while building on its strengths is mostly not a matter of more funding," according to Frederick M. Hess in a new policy briefing booklet that is part of the Room to Grow series from the Conservative Reform Network and the Conservative Reform Policy Center.  "Rather, it involves reforms that will loosen the grip of bureaucracy, create more room for great schools to emerge and flourish, and make it easy for a broad range of families to see that their children get the schooling they need.

"In fact, the total price tag for the entire agenda above should be approximately zero," Hess continues.  "An agenda like this one is practical and achievable because it focuses on addressing the concerns of a broad range of Americans, including suburban families as well as those trapped in poverty.  An education platform that includes all American children will make not only for good policy, but broad appeal."

Hess is a resident scholar and the director of education-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports AEI's education program and the Room to Grow series.

He recommends more school choice, greater accountability, the decentralization of education policy, and the elimination of unnecessary regulation and bureaucracy that stymie teachers.
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