Frequently Asked Questions
Do we need a federal Department of Education to ensure standard curricular quality?
No. Good teachers want their students to excel and they work very diligently to ensure this happens. It's the passion of the teacher who taps into the potential of the student. This can't be mitigated or created on a federal level.
How will Teachers afford to incorporate?
That's up for debate. But for the sake of argument, let's say the solo Teacher's business plan calls for annual expenditure of $100,000 to educate ten kids. The Teacher would submit their business plan to the General Education Fund who would approve, modify, or reject their project. If fully funded, 50% is provided and the Teacher then advertises for the remaining costs directly from Parents.
What happens to current School Boards?
That's up for debate. I see them becoming facilities managers. Currently, school boards are in charge of large swaths of buildings and public lands. They could privatize themselves and (like apartment owners or office building owners) then lease out classroom space to Teachers. There could be a legal clause to limit the amount of rent they could charge in a given year.
Do we need state Boards of Education?
Absolutely. These are the legal "strongarm" for when teachers are putting the public at risk. They will continue to issue the standards by which teachers certify and to reprimand those that are inappropriate in actions or common educational standards. The state Education Company is the funding mechanism but cannot make legal decisions.
Why not make the Educational Company more local rather than state?
Income inequality. In Texas, especially, we may have agreed that the school funding structure is semi-constitutional, but just barely. Leveraging the state wealth rather than regional wealth insures that we get the greatest diversity of teachers to mobilize across the greatest area. Making Educational Companies creates hundreds of duplicate levels of administration when it's unnecessary; teachers can govern themselves and let parents be their monitors.
What happens to sports and arts?
They become private companies as well. Parents can then pay a fee to get their child involved in choir, football, or any other activity they feel is helpful. Those companies will employ coaches, teachers, and performers who are motivated to ensure safety, build skills, and attract parents and kids with the same mantra.
Where are Principals?
A Principal is a Teacher with Admin (i.e. business) experience. I see Principals being the consummate businessperson. They will recruit Teachers to their company and then work to minimize costs and maximize profit. Principals will be like the traditional "Office Manager" and ensure Teachers have schedules, supplies, and worry less as their pay comes from the Teachers who employ the Principal.
Where are School Nurses and Counselors?
Remember: ChangEdu won't work until Change Health is implemented. Change Health will create universal access to affordable healthcare for everyone, kids included. Thus, kids will be able to stay in their medical home with the traditional medical providers (which will include a medical and mental health visit at a minimum of once a year.)
What about the food?
Public school food is currently rife with politics. As a result, we're serving out kids processed foods laden with salt, sugar, and fat because those are the strongest lobbying groups in Washington, D.C. When we make education a local service, we can teach kids about the importance of home grown agriculture (via urban farms, etc.) Teachers can also provide food as a business service to their kids (if that's in their business plan.)
How can parents afford to pay?
Once we have meaningful healthcare reform, this part will take care of itself as parents will have more money in their pockets for expenses (like education.) Additionally, by eliminating the tax deductible statuses for hospitals, churches, and universities, that money could go towards directly paying the tuitions of our most impoverished students (and allow those three entities to "write off" those as business expenses.)