Improve education without raising taxes

Kenneth E. Hartman, a school board member in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, has suggested several ways to improve education without raising taxes. He offered these ideas last fall in Education Week, the bible of the education industry. Since the link may not work for non-subscribers, here’s a short version of his commentary:

  • Control benefit and pension costs
  • Enact pay to play (that is, activity fees)
  • Use corporate and university partnerships (for example, use college work-study students as tutors)
  • Create a K-11 graduation option (save a year of schooling, save thousands of dollars)
  • Stop reinventing the (curriculum) wheel
  • Use the technology we bought
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