Bottom Up Is Better Than Top Down

I know that there are a variety of opinions among our readers on school choice which the article I link to discusses, but I think most of us would agree in principle with what Charles Chieppo wrote for Governing today that I’ve shared in the excerpt below:

State intervention can mean anything from a top-down district takeover to a bottom-up approach in which the state oversees dramatic change but doesn’t prescribe specific reforms. Evidence suggests that the second approach is better for one simple reason: States have no better idea how to turn around ailing school districts than anyone else does.

And this is what we call local control – an idea that works every time it is actually tried.